He legally purchased firearms at two Nevada gun shops in the last year, according to the stores.
Paddock, 64, purchased a rifle and a shotgun from New Frontier Armory in North Las Vegas and Guns and Guitars in Mesquite, Nevada, officials said. Paddock passed FBI background checks before the purchases.
Shocking footage filmed from multiple angles in Las Vegas during the terror attack. Viewer discretion is advised
It's not known if Paddock used the weapons in Sunday's night's massacre outside Mandalay Bay Casino and Hotel. Paddock opened fire around 10 p.m. Sunday night as 22,000 people were gathered for the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert. Police said 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in the attack, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Paddock killed himself as police reached his 32nd floor room. Police said the Mesquite, Nevada resident had no criminal record. ISIS initially claimed responsibility for the massacre but investigators said there is no indication Paddock had ties Islamic militant groups.
"Right now, we believe it's a sole actor, a lone-wolf-type actor," said Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
The motive behind the attack remains unknown, police said.
Lara Riches Everyone is worried about the political aspect while I am scared that this could happen randomly to anyone.. people died! Show respect silly humans..
C.j. Anderson For those already trying to politicize the tragic shooting inVegas, here's a few things you need to know before spouting off like a fool:
1. The shooter used what sounded like a fully-automatic AK-47, judging by the cycling rate and sound in the videos.
2. A fully-automatic weapon is one that only requires a single pull of the trigger for the gun to continue to cycle rounds through the action, unlike their semi-automatic counterparts, which require a pull of the trigger for every single round fired. With a fully-automatic weapon, you pull and hold the trigger down as it continues to cycle rounds.
3. Fully-automatic weapons of every type have been banned to the general public for decades by the National Firearms Act.
4. To get a fully-automatic weapon, one must first pay $200 for the tax stamp from the ATF. Then, they go through a rigorous background check from the government, before the stamp is even issued. The process takes between six months and a year.
5. Even if you qualify for the tax stamp (most people don't), you then have to purchase the fully automatic weapon. Since their production has been outlawed since they were banned to the general public, these weapons cost thousands upon thousands of dollars, depending on what you're after, thus making them cost prohibitive to the average person.
6. If you possess a fully-automatic weapon without going through the proper process it's a federal felony that carries a minimum 10-year mandatory sentence. There's no leeway in the law, and the government does not mess around with these prosecutions.
7. Due to the strict regulations already in place for fully-automatic weapons, most people, terrorists or otherwise, likely wouldn't seek them out to use in an attack because it would be next to impossible to get your hands on one without the government finding out – each an every legally-owned full-auto weapon is registered with the government.
8. Given the shooter had previous run-ins with the law, he likely didn't qualify for the purchase of a fully-automatic weapon, due to the strict requirements that you have a squeaky-clean record. Most people don't qualify for a handgun permit if they've had legal troubles, let alone a federal permit for the purchase of an actual "weapon of war," and not the replicas most civilians own.
9. Odds are, the shooter in Vegas either purchased his weapon illegally, manufactured it himself, or stole it from someone prior to committing this heinous act, since his previous legal issues likely prohibited him from purchasing it legally. There's also the possibility that he converted an existing weapon into full-auto; however, doing so carries the same penalties – 10-year minimum mandatory – as owning a fully-automatic weapon that someone else made. There's no loopholes for converting your own.
10. Given the regulations already surrounding fully-automatic weapons, there's not a gun control law or proposal that would have stopped the shooter in Las Vegas. Even owning certain parts of fully-automatic weapons carries the 10-year minimum sentence, so further regulation of these weapons would do little, if anything to prevent any future incidents.
Again, this is just for those who are already decrying American gun laws. There's not a law that will ever stop someone intent on breaking the law – murder is already illegal, after all – so please, keep your political agenda out of this.
First off, you don't know what you're talking about. Secondly, it makes you look cold and callous to push an agenda while the blood of the victims on the ground is still warm.
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