reported in the city paper june 1, 2010

Friedman’s Inc. v. Harry L. McCabe. Filed May 21. For the second time in a year, a longtime Nashville gun dealer sues a local field officer of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in his official capacity, appealing the revocation of its license to sell weapons.

The feds notified the 21st Avenue army-surplus store in March that its license would be taken away, according to the complaint. Store personnel are alleged to have violated laws that prohibit sales of guns to people under criminal indictment, fugitives from justice and illegal aliens. The ATF also accused Friedman’s of numerous record-keeping and reporting lapses.

Friedman’s asserts that any mistakes it made did not amount to “willful” disregard of the law, which would allow ATF to yank its license.

Gun City USA Inc., which has operated on Murfreesboro Road for many years, sued McCabe last October after receiving a similar revocation notice. That litigation remains pending.

Telephone calls to Friedman’s and Gun City revealed that both are continuing to sell guns while their cases are in court. Frank J. Scanlon of Watkins & McNeilly PLLC represents Friedman’s.