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The Oregon Shooter Obtained All His Guns Legally

As is the case in pretty much every single mass shooting, the killer in Oregon got hold of his guns legally. The New York Times confirms the inevitable:

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The man who killed nine people and severely wounded several others at a community college here went on his rampage armed with six guns, multiple extra ammunition magazines and a flak jacket, and left seven other firearms at home, law enforcement officials said Friday.

In all, the gunman had owned 14 firearms, said Celinez Nunez, an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, including one he had traded in. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department said the gunman took five handguns and a rifle to Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning, and had two pistols, four rifles and a shotgun in his apartment.

“All 14 have been traced to a federal firearms dealer,” some bought by the gunman and others by members of his family, said Ms. Nunez, the assistant special agent in charge of the Seattle field office. “They were all purchased legally.”

Presumably this will stop precisely nobody linking the incident to their preferred firearms-purchasing reforms.

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