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I have worked at a gun shop for 17 years.  I have refused sales to nuts like this.

Feds say Iraq vet with mental history bought Bass Pro guns despite employee concerns

Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 5:57 AM  
Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 9:40 AM

Brendan Kirby Brendan Kirby

Bass Pro Shop.JPG(Press-Register/John David Mercer)Bass Pro Shop at the Spanish Fort Town Center in Spanish Fort, Ala.     MOBILE, Ala. -- The erratic behavior of an Iraq war veteran and West Point graduate drew concern from employees at a sporting goods store in October, but he was still able to purchase two long guns and a pistol, according to a federal affidavit.

David Otto Gluth Jr., 42, of Fairhope stands charged with possession of a firearm after having been involuntarily committed to a mental facility.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine "Kit" Nelson ordered that Gluth undergo a psychiatric evaluation and scheduled a hearing for today to determine when he can be transferred from the Baldwin County jail to federal custody.
David Gluth.jpgView full sizeDavid Gluth... accused of illegal gun possession.    According to the affidavit filed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Gluth bought a Browning 12-gauge shotgun, a Ruger .223-caliber rifle and a Smith & Wesson .45-caliber pistol from Bass Pro Shops in Spanish Fort on Oct. 19.

The affidavit suggests that employees sold Gluth the guns despite misgivings about the Army veteran's behavior.

One employee later told investigators that Gluth asked him why he was shaking as he handed him the receipt. The employee said he was cold, to which Gluth responded, "You have to have a steady hand to shoot someone."

Also, Gluth got into a verbal altercation with another Bass Pro customer before completing his purchases, according to the affidavit.

Gluth turned to the older man, who was looking at a counter display and said he did not like people standing behind him. When the man said that he was standing next to Gluth, the defendant reportedly responded, "I don't like people standing next to me."

The ATF agent's account states that the other customer ignored the comment but that Gluth turned toward him and said, "It is your choice."

Gluth's lawyer, Neil Hanley, said his client graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a master's degree in international relations. Hanley generally disputed the ATF account of Gluth's conduct, but said he would not go into detail.

"David Gluth has proudly served his country in peacetime and combat as a major in the United States Army," he said. "He has neither threatened harm or harmed anyone since his separation from the service."

Gluth served in the military during the current Iraq war and returned with post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder, according to court records.

He was treated at Mobile Infirmary, but his condition worsened. Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis ordered him committed to Searcy Hospital, a state mental health facility, on Aug. 5, 2008, court records show.

The Bass Pro store's general manager, Chris Tulloch, referred a reporter's questions Tuesday to corporate officials, who did not respond to calls seeking comment.

The day after Gluth bought the firearms, Fairhope police received numerous calls from people in the Rock Creek subdivision reporting a man walking in the neighborhood with a long gun. Contacted by a police officer, Gluth said he was thinking about going back to Iraq, according to the affidavit.

Fairhope police arrested Gluth on disorderly conduct charges, describing him as "agitated and making threatening intention to society."

Jason the Fed