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Odessa store agrees to pay $2.2 million in settlement for sale of gun

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An Odessa, MO store has agreed to pay $2.2 million in a historic settlement. 

The settlement involves the sale of a gun, against a mother's plea, that had deadly consequences. 

It comes four years after a mentally ill woman fatally shot her father and tried to commit suicide. 

The gun came from Odessa Gun and Pawn. 

The victim's mother, Janet Delano, pleaded with workers not to sell a gun to her daughter in 2012 after she had successfully purchased one there before. 

Her daughter, Colby Sue Weathers, suffers from schizophrenia. 

"It's just so hard to get someone the help they need without something dramatic like this happening," Delano said. "That's the sad thing and it should never come to that. she is getting help now and I am so proud of her for that."

Gun control advocates claim the settlement as a victory. 

"This settlement is a truly historic victory in preventing gun violence in America," said Jonathan Lowry of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. "And we believe this will send a resounding message to gun dealers across Missouri across the country that they need to put people ahead of profits."

Advocates stress that most gun shop owners are responsible and it's only about five percent of dealers selling 90 percent of guns used in crimes. 

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