Although I think this subject is blown out of proportion by the fact that Badger is the only FFL that close to Milwaukee; where the bleeding hearts keep letting violent felons off easy and allowing them back into society to get their hands on guns, I'll take a crack at the questions.
1.) They may not discriminate based on any protected class. They could; however, come up with a questionaire, or standard set of questions to ask of all patrons. The correct answers could be secret (at least until a discrimination suit). If they refused sale based on that equally, I don't think they could get nailed for discrimination. But IANAL. Of course, that would probably work about as well as "Are you the actual purchaser of the firearm?" on the 4473.My situation comes down to a few questions for all of you:
1) What kind of restrictions does a shop owner have when it comes to turning down a sale even if the person successfully passes a background check(to put the kabosh on a possible straw purchase) without somebody raising hell about racism or the like?
2) If you shop at Badger, would you have a serious problem with spending your money elsewhere with somebody who conducts business in a more responsible manner?
3)Am I totally off course on this subject(in your opinion)?
2.) How responsible should they be? They are following the law, the criminals aren't; as always. I worked for an FFL for a few years and refused sale on a few occasions based on improper paperwork or wrong answers. If a professional "straw buyer" came in to buy something how would I even know it? Sure there are some obvious ones out there but all you can do is ask them. If they answer no, what can you do?
3.) I think you are just a little off course, just like Badger was a little off course with the "racist" comment on their sign. Let's face it, if you are the nearest FFL to a high crime sesspool like Milwaukee, you are going to get way more than your share of criminals trying to buy guns. Of course you are going to have a higher rate of crimes being committed with your sales.