Judge Considers Dropping Charge Against Gun Dealer

Judge Considers Dropping Charge Against Gun Dealer

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(KSL News) A West Valley gun dealer accused of illegally selling a gun used in the Trolley Square shootings could soon see those charges dropped.

Prosecutors say Westley Wayne Hill sold a shotgun with a pistol grip to 18-year-old Sulejman Talovic. It's illegal to sell that kind of gun to anyone younger than 21.

The Deseret Morning News reports Hill's attorneys say federal law is too vague, and the gun used is recognized as a shotgun, regardless of the grip.

Hill was indicted on charges of selling a firearm to an unauthorized person and failure to maintain weapons.

In February, Talovic used the shotgun and a .38 caliber handgun when he went on a shooting rampage at Trolley Square shopping mall. Five people were killed and four injured before Talovic was shot and killed by police.

Hill is set for trial Nov. 26.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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