CNN: Charleston Shooter Purchased Gun Legally from Gun Store

In this July 20, 2014 photo, with guns displayed for sale behind her, a gun store employee
AP/Brennan Linsley

On June 19, CNN countered reports that accused Charleston gunman Dylann Roof had received his gun as a gift, citing the law enforcement confirmation that Roof bought his .45 caliber handgun from a gun store in Charleston.

CNN Breaking News tweeted: “Church shooting suspect Dylann Roof bought gun used in shooting at Charleston gun store in April, law enforcement officials say.”

They explained the news with greater detail in an article posted to

They reported:

One key part of this horrific scheme — the weapon — came in April, when Roof bought a .45-caliber handgun at a Charleston gun store, the two law enforcement officials told Perez and Bruer from CNN.

Previous reports have all indicated that Roof was given a gun for his birthday, but Roof’s grandfather presented it differently. He said, “Roof was given ‘birthday money’ and the family didn’t know what [he] did with it.”

Law enforcement simply confirmed Roof bought the gun.

CNN Money noted that buying a gun from a gun store entails passing a background check, which means Roof “apparently met the legal criteria.” It also means Roof joins a long list of other attackers who got their guns via background checks as well.

Those include Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi (Garland), Jared and Amanda Miller (Las Vegas), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barabara), Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood 2014), Darion Marcus Aguilar (Maryland mall), Karl Halverson Pierson (Arapahoe High School), Paul Ciancia (LAX), Andrew John Engeldinger (Minneapolis), Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard), Tennis Melvin Maynard (West Virginia), James Holmes (Aurora theater), Jared Loughner (Tucson), Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood 2009), Jiverly Wong (Binghamton), Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), Naveed Haq (Seattle), and Mark Barton (Atlanta), among others.

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