A Fulton County, Georgia, jury has awarded $6 million to a mother whose 14-year-old son was accidentally shot and killed when the boy’s sister dropped a pistol on the dining room table.
The pistol belonged to the mother, Linda Bullard, who had purchased it from Shurlington Jewelry and Pawn 14 years ago.
The $6 million judgement is against the pawn store’s owner, Ronald Richardson.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Richardson was “a family friend” whom Bullard trusted “to steer her in the right direction” when she purchased her first gun for home defense. He sold her a Bryco/Jennings that he had “in bulk” and could sell cheaply.
After buying the gun Bullard had trouble with a jam and returned it to Richardson to have it cleared. At the time he couldn’t clear it — which meant the live round remained — so he told Bullard to come back on Monday because his “gun guy” would be able to clear it. In the interim, he returned the pistol to Bullard “in a zipped case.”
Later that same day Bullard’s 21-year-old daughter “dropped the gun as she was putting her purse and other items on the dining room table.” The live round discharged and hit her 14-year-old brother in the stomach, killing him.
The jury deliberated seven hours and decided “that Richardson owed Bullard $6 million.”
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