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NYC subway shooting suspect bought handgun ‘legally’ in 2011

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.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and author/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused onn all Second Amendment stuff, also for Breitbart News. He is a political analyst for Armed American Radio and an ambassador for Turning Point USA. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Contact him at [email protected] You can sign up to get Down Range at


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