Sunday, June 12, 2016
Omar Mateen purchased firearms used in Pulse shooting in Florida in the last week
By Jessica Bryce Young
on Sun, Jun 12, 2016 at 3:50 PM
"He is not a prohibited person. They can legally walk into a gun dealership and acquire and purchase firearms. He did so. And he did so within the last week or so," Velinor said at a press conference.
President Obama addressed the nation earlier today, and had this to say about firearms: "Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history. The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle. This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well."
Today Trevor Velinor, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said that Omar Mateen legally bought the two guns believed to be used in the attack within “the last few days.”