Authorities say they have identified a person of interest who they suspect was illegally manufacturing and selling the gun used in the West Texas mass shooting on Saturday.
The shooter, Seth Aaron Ator, was prohibited under federal law from owning a firearm because he had previously been found to be mentally unfit by a court. In January 2014, he tried to buy a firearm and failed because of the nationwide criminal background check system, which revealed the mental-health ruling and prevented the purchase.
Therefore, authorities believe that Ator acquired the gun through a private sale from the person of interest, which would allow him to purchase the gun without a criminal background check. According to The Wall Street Journal, “It is unclear whether the man knew Ator was a prohibited person when selling him the rifle. If the gun dealer did in fact know that Ator was barred from buying guns, he could be charged with a federal crime. But authorities are also looking into whether the man was illegally selling guns.
While private gun sales are legal under federal law, it is a crime to be in the business of manufacturing or selling guns without a license. Law-enforcement officials suspect the man was buying various gun parts to build his own guns and then reselling them.”
This just goes to show that if there is a demand then there will be a supply. As long as people want guns, someone will provide these guns legally or illegally. Gun laws just block the law-abiding citizen from acquiring a gun. Any retailer that thinks removing guns and ammunition from their stores will stop mass shootings, are going to be very surprised when the killings continue regardless of their liberal policies.