El Paso Gunman Bought Rifle Legally from Dallas-Area Gun Store

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The gunman who opened fire in an El Paso Walmart on August 3, 2019, acquired his rifle “legally” from a Dallas-area gun store.

The Texas Tribune reports the attacker allegedly claimed he used a rifle he “bought from Romania,” but in reality it was a Romanian made AK variant which he purchased online and then picked up legally at the Dallas-area store.

According to the Tribune: “Gun experts said it’s common for people to buy imported firearms online and have them delivered through local gun stores, which completes the necessary background check.”

The rifle used in the August 4, 2019, Dayton, Ohio, attack was also purchased legally, yet Democrats–and some Republicans–are pushing to expand background checks as a result of the two attacks. An expansion of background checks would not have prevented either attack because the alleged culprits behind both acquired their guns at retail, where such checks are already required.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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