TUCSON- At the very least, they want their money back. The News 4 Tucson Investigators were the first to break this story regarding the now closed gun store "Black Weapons Armory." The Arizona Attorney General is suing them for fraud. Bret Buganski found out more people could be added to the lawsuit.
"He preyed on peoples good intentions and that is what hurts," said Kevin Chaffee, who says the store still has his money for a gun. He said the gun was supposed to be a Father's Day present.
"Well let me look into it and I'll get back to you, and the phone calls would never come back," said Chaffee, explaining the number of times he'd called the store asking if his order was ready. Chaffee said he was given promise after promise, and the store never delivered. Weeks turned into months, and still, no gun. Chaffee lost $1200.
"That's a mortgage payment for us, we have two small kids, a teenager and we're expecting another baby on the way," he added.
It's an unfortunate, but common story we've heard before.
"Did remember asking him at one point if it was going to be within six months," said Corey Barton, back in May 2014, who never did get his gun or a full refund.
"He has my deposit and I have nothing in return," said Frank Colvin, in March 2015.
"I don't think it's fair for him to take my money for something he never even had," said Hans Pridgett, in February 2015.
"I'm very very angry that these people are doing this to other people," said Cheryl Vogel, in May 2015.
It's been more than one year since Black Weapons Armory went out of business. Shutters still cover the storefront, but at a time some of its old customers may have lost hope of getting their money back, they're now feeling a bit more optimistic.
"I'm glad, I'm glad our law enforcement people are doing something about this person, they needed to," said Rodger Elkins, another former customer who alleges the store still has his money.
Earlier this year, the Arizona Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Black Weapons Armory, and its owner Tommy Rompel. It alleges they didn't offer customers refunds, mislead or even lied to them about manufacturer delays when there weren't any. But that's not all. Rompel allegedly didn't place orders at all, and took their money anyway.
"I talked to the guy two and a half weeks before the store closed and he looked me straight in the eye and the guy told me your gun is coming in, go fishing, in two weeks, I'll have it here, come pick it up," said Elkins.
But that day never came, because when Elkins came back from vacation, the store was already closed.
We called Rompel for an interview request about this lawsuit, but our calls were not returned. We also emailed him, and also did not get a reply.
"I'd like to be one of the people there supporting the Attorney General doing what they need to do to make sure this guy doesn't ever do business again this manner," said Chaffee.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office told me they are looking for more victims of Black Weapons Armory. 15 people were listed on the original lawsuit, but it's unclear how many people could be added to the lawsuit.
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