ABC News reports that law enforcement sources say NYC subway shooting suspect Frank James purchased his handgun “legally” in 2011.
James allegedly used a “Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun” which he “purchased legally in 2011 in Ohio”.
FOX News notes that the handgun was purchased “at a pawn shop in Columbus, Ohio.”
A purchase from a pawn shop is considered a retail purchase and therefore requires verification from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). (All of this is implied when law enforcement says a gun was purchased “legally.”)
Here is a partial list of other heinous, high-profile attacks in which the perpetrators legally acquired firearms:
- Indianapolis FedEx Forward (April 15, 2021)
- Atlanta area forward (March 16, 2021)
- Parkland High School Mugger (February 14, 2018)
- Attacking a church in Texas (November 5, 2017)
- Las Vegas striker (October 1, 2017)
- Alexandria Striker (June 14, 2017)
- Orlando striker (June 12, 2016)
- UCLA Gunman (June 1, 2016)
- San Bernardino Forwards (December 2, 2015)
- Colorado Springs forward (October 31, 2015)
- Umpqua Community College striker (October 1, 2015)
- Alison Parker striker (August 26, 2015)
- Lafayette cinema striker (July 23, 2015)
- Chattanooga Forward (July 16, 2015)
- Emanuel attacking African Methodist Episcopal (June 17, 2015)
- Forwards of the Muhammad Cartoon Contest (May 3, 2014)
- Las Vegas cop killers (June 9, 2015)
- Santa Barbara forward (May 23, 2014)
- Fort Hood attacker (April 2, 2014)
- Arapahoe High School Forward (December 13, 2013)
- DC Navy Yard striker (September 16, 2013)
- Aurora Cinema Forward (July 20, 2012)
- Gabby Giffords striker (January 8, 2011)
- Fort Hood forward (November 5, 2009)
- Northern Illinois University striker (February 14, 2008)
- Virginia Tech Forward (April 16, 2007)
News that NYC shooting suspect James purchased his gun legally came a day after NYC Mayor Eric Adams (D) called for a ban on ‘ghost guns’ in response attacking the subway.
Banning so-called “ghost guns” would in no way prohibit the legal purchase of a firearm at an Ohio pawnshop.
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