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Family of slain Ohio man sues retailer that sold killer gun

Friday, August 10, 2018

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — The family of a man fatally shot with a black-powder revolver has sued the retailer that sold the weapon saying the killer’s violent past should have precluded the sale.

The Wooster Daily Record reports the estate of 21-year-old Bryan Galliher filed the lawsuit against Cabela’s and its parent company, Bass Pro Group LLC, on Tuesday in northeast Ohio’s Wayne County.

The lawsuit claims Cabela’s should never have sold the replica of an antique firearm to Paul Claren, who used it to kill his Orrville neighbor in August 2016. Galliher testified at trial the shooting was an accident. He was convicted of aggravated murder last August.

A detective testified that purchases of black powder guns don’t require federal background checks.

Bass Pro Group didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.