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NBC News has the first (relatively) clear image of the rifle used by Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, in his not-quite-quite-a mass shooting at Terminal 3 of Los Angeles International Airport yesterday. Ciancia walked into the terminal through a “secure” exit and began shooting, specifically targeting TSA employees. He was finally dropped by armed Airport Police with four shots and is in critical condition. Unfortunately, he was not stopped before killing TSA officer Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39.
What is a bit more surprising is that the rifle and it’s apparently standard-capacity 30-round magazine do not appear on first glance to be California legal or New Jersey legal. Ciancia is originally from New Jersey, but recently moved to Los Angeles.
How did a man relatively new to the state of California acquire a banned firearm and magazines, and what prompted him to go on a shooting spree with a firearm he apparently didn't even know how to properly deploy?
For a man from New Jersey where this firearm is banned to move to LA where this firearm is also banned, acquire it, and get ammo for it just to go on a shooting spree seems a little fishy.
There is an entire country between jersey and cali. There is nothing fishy about this weapon being used at all, its not even an automatic.
Its a store bought over the counter weapon anyone can buy with no waiting period.
A federal law enforcement official said that the Smith & Wesson assault rifle used in the attack is believed to have been purchased legally from a Los Angeles-area arms dealer. The official also said authorities were investigating whether a roommate unwittingly drove Ciancia to the airport the morning of the attack.
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That's why I'm interested in the shooter.
Because this rifle brings up those questions as well. This isn't something that a New Jersey or California resident can easily get their hands on legally. And while it may be very possible to obtain this weapon illegally, for a brand new transplant who doesn't know the area? Really?
Suddenly it's a right winger with a hatred for the NWO?
It's possible he could have gotten it at a gun show. We have one that's monthly in the area. You pay to get in and as long as you have the cash, you can walk out with whatever you want. No background check, no questions asked, no waiting period.
I'm sure there are gun shows in a number of states.