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Wed Aug 28, 2019, 09:37 PM

El Paso shooting suspect said he ordered his AK-47 and ammo from overseas (Romania, Russia)

Source: Texas Tribune

El Paso shooting suspect said he ordered his AK-47 and ammo from overseas

The white suspect in the racist massacre told El Paso police he bought the gun from Romania and picked it up at a Dallas-area store. Experts say guns imported from overseas are often cheaper than those from the U.S.

BY JOLIE MCCULLOUGH AUG. 28, 2019 21 HOURS AGO

When the alleged gunman walked into an El Paso Walmart earlier this month to carry out the worst massacre of Hispanic people in recent American history, he went in with an assault weapon he said he bought from Romania, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report obtained by The Texas Tribune.

The white 21-year-old suspect in the shooting told El Paso police shortly after his arrest that the Romanian AK-47 was sent to a gun dealer near his home in Allen, a suburb outside of Dallas. He also said he bought a thousand rounds of ammunition from Russia.

El Paso police previously said that the AK-47 used in the shooting that killed 22 people was bought legally, but they did not provide any additional details about its purchase. In a manifesto published just before the shooting, the alleged shooter said the rifle was a WASR-10, a semi-automatic version of a Romanian military AK-47 weapon. The DPS report obtained by the Tribune includes a summary of the suspect's interview with police, providing more details on the weapon and the suspect's actions in the racist slaying where he said he “wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible.”

DPS referred questions about the report to the El Paso Police Department, which declined to comment on the investigation. The suspect's lawyer did not respond to request for comment.

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Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/08/28/el-paso-shooting-gun-romania/

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Reply El Paso shooting suspect said he ordered his AK-47 and ammo from overseas (Romania, Russia) (Original post)
Eugene Aug 2019 OP
Skittles Aug 2019 #1
secondwind Aug 2019 #2
Meadowoak Aug 2019 #3
samir.g Aug 2019 #4
PoliticAverse Aug 2019 #5
mr_lebowski Aug 2019 #6
Abnredleg Aug 2019 #7
mapol Sep 2019 #8
radical noodle Sep 2019 #9
mapol Sep 2019 #10

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 09:53 PM

1. OK I ordered a steak & kidney pie from England via Amazon

and it was intercepted by customs and DESTROYED

yet this guy can order a fucking AK-47??????????????????

WHAT. THE. EVER. LOVING. FUCK?????

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 09:58 PM

2. Weird times we live in......

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 10:02 PM

3. Probably free of charge, a gift from uncle Vlad.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 10:39 PM

4. they send us trump and guns

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 10:50 PM

5. As the article indicates it was actually a WASR-10 not an AK-47.

An AK-47 is an automatic rifle (i.e. a machine gun).

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 03:47 AM

6. If accuracy is the point, the article indicates that the murderer claims it was a WASR-10

in his manifesto.

Not saying it WAS an AK-47 (in fact I rather doubt it was), but 'the article', as in, the author thereof ... did not state it wasn't.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 06:01 AM

7. Still had to do the background check

Mail order guns are very common but they have to be shipped to a licensed gun dealer, who has to do a background check with the FBI.

This just points out the weakness of relying on background checks, since most people can pass them. Other measures need to be taken.

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Response to Abnredleg (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 3, 2019, 04:01 PM

8. Background checks are not extensive enough, which is the problem.

First of all, rogue gun dealers who refuse to comply with the requirements of extensive background checks and waiting periods should be forced out of business.

Secondly, Congress should close the loophole that allows illegal gun sales to take place at gun shows.

Thirdly, gun dealers should make a point of not only screening prospective gun buyers, but refusing to sell firearms to anybody with a history of anger management issues, or a criminal record, when their name(s) come up on that dealer's computer.

Fourth: Mandatory waiting periods should be implemented.

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Response to mapol (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 3, 2019, 09:33 PM

9. Wait....

How is a gun dealer going to know if a person has a history of anger management issues? I think you may misunderstand how background checks work.


fords.org/gun-laws/policy-areas/background-checks/background-check-procedures/

The single largest gap in the federal background check requirement is that unlicensed, private sellers are not required to conduct background checks. This means that, unless state law requires a background check for these sales, convicted felons, domestic abusers, and other ineligible people can legally buy guns—even though they would fail a background check if purchasing from an FFL. Fortunately, 21 states have closed the federal loophole to require unlicensed sellers to conduct background checks on some or all firearms purchasers. This issue is addressed in detail in our summary on Universal Background Checks.


NOTE: don't know why the link isn't right after it's posted, because it is correct in the preview. Try lawcenter.giffords.org/gun-laws/ and go from there.

Another good site is:
https://www.thetrace.org/2015/07/gun-background-check-nics-guide/

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #9)

Wed Sep 4, 2019, 04:28 AM

10. There are clearly too many loopholes in the background checks that need to be closed.

Obviously, the background checks aren't thorough enough, since people like the VA Tech Shooter, Dylan Roof, Alanza Adams, to name a few have managed to obtain firearms despite having a history of mental health problems, drug use charges, etc. Those loopholes need to be closed--immediately!

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