A Nashville gun shop could lose its license to sell firearms after a federal judge ruled that the shop willfully violated the Gun Control Act.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2008 notified the company of its intent to revoke the license of Gun City, which sells guns and has a gun range on Murfreesboro Road.

Gun City filed a lawsuit asking a judge to review the ATF’s decision to revoke its license.

In a ruling filed Monday, U.S. District Court Judge John T. Nixon said Gun City’s compliance with record requirements was a known problem and efforts to improve their performance were “woefully and recklessly inadequate.”

The move came after repeated inspections dating back to 1999 found numerous violations, including failure to keep accurate records on the purchase and sale of guns.

According to court records, another compliance inspection in 2003 found similar problems and the shop’s owner met with ATF agents in Nashville in 2004 to discuss corrective actions.

Another inspection in early 2008 found that for a period in 2007 and 2008, the business didn’t enter records for repairs and sales on than 1,000 firearms.

Gun City did not deny that most of the violations occurred, but claimed that the staff was negligent, not intentional or knowing or reckless in their failure to follow requirements.

Richard Gardiner, attorney for Gun City based in Fairfax, Va., said Thursday that the owner, Cindy Arp, was in charge of filling out the records, but her mother became ill. Court records indicated that Arp had to miss some work as a result of her mother’s illness.

Gardiner said the purpose of the record keeping was so that the government could trace firearms and the company had those records, but they were not put in the proper forms.

“There was never an allegation that they couldn’t trace a firearm,” he said. “There was no suggestion that guns were missing. She hadn’t transposed the information from the sales form into the log book.”

Source: The Associated Press

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