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USOdessa shooting: Abbott laments failed background check for gunman

05:30  03 september  2019
05:30  03 september  2019 Source:   caller.com

West Texas shooter got AR-style weapon used in rampage through private sale

West Texas shooter got AR-style weapon used in rampage through private sale The suspect in a shooting spree across Odessa and Midland on Saturday purchased the weapon through a private sale, ABC has confirmed with multiple law enforcement and federal sources. According to federal law, a private seller may not sell to a person who is flagged, but the seller isn't required to conduct a background check or ask the buyer's status, ABC says. This private sale loophole is how 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator purchased the gun authorities say he used to kill seven and wound more than 20 others across a 10-mile stretch of Odessa and Midland, Texas.

ODESSA , Texas—The gunman who killed seven people and injured roughly 20 others during a 20-mile trail of carnage across West Texas previously In a tweet Monday, Abbott said wrote that Ator not only had “a criminal history he also previously failed a gun purchase background check in Texas

After an initial background check failed to detect his felony conviction, he was given a FOID card. He bought the Smith & Wesson handgun on 11 March The conviction was not detected in a company background check . Authorities said the gunman began shooting right after hearing he was being

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday lamented that the gunman in the Odessa rampage that left seven dead had once failed a background check for purchasing firearms.

"Not only did the Odessa gunman have a criminal history ... he also previously failed a gun purchase background check in Texas," the Republican governor said in tweet. "(And) he didn’t go thru a background check for the gun he used in Odessa. "

"We must keep guns out of criminals’ hands."

Texas gunman purchased weapon in private sale, which doesn't require background check

Texas gunman purchased weapon in private sale, which doesn't require background check Investigators are now looking into who sold the weapon to the gunman, who killed seven people.

The gunman shot the trooper who initially stopped him and continued west to Odessa , where he shot multiple others, according to Odessa The gunman at some point abandoned his vehicle, stole a U.S. Postal Service van and was eventually killed in a shootout with police near a Cinergy movie theater.

The suspect shot "at innocent civilians all over Odessa ," according to a statement from Odessa police, which The shooting comes just four weeks after a gunman in the Texas border city of El Paso killed 22 Greg Abbott this week held two meetings with lawmakers about how to prevent more mass

The governor's office did not respond to a request for further explanation of his Tweet.

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The comments came two days after Seth Ator, 36, went on a shooting spree in West Texas that began with a traffic stop and ended after nearly two dozen people were struck by gunfire.

Odessa shooting: Abbott laments failed background check for gunman© Nick Oza, for USA TODAY Police Chief Michael Gerke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott during the press conference at The University of Texas. The death toll rose to seven Sunday after a gunman's rampage that left many more injured following what began as a routine traffic stop in Odessa, police in the West Texas city said.

After two gun-related massacres in Texas, some lawmakers have called on Abbott to convene a special session of the Legislature to deal with mass violence. Abbott has not done so but has convened roundtable discussions and empaneled two special task forces on the topic.

Schumer calls on McConnell to take up background check bill after Texas shooting

Schumer calls on McConnell to take up background check bill after Texas shooting Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to take up legislation that would expand background checks on gun purchases following a shooting Saturday in Texas in which five people were killed.Schumer tweeted that the Senate should take up H.R. 8 in response to the shooting, which would expand background checks to gun purchases between private individuals and require a licensed firearm dealer take possession of the weapon during the process. "Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, & everyone injured in the shooting in Odessa & Midland, TX.

The gunman then drove west toward Odessa , shooting a person as he sped away on Interstate 20 and then The shooting continued, and bodies were left in its wake as the gunman continued driving, eventually Regarding proposals to tighten background checks on gun purchases, he said: “I will

Greg Abbott lamented having to go to another "shattered" Texas town to discuss a mass shooting During the news conference, Abbott read a text message from the mother of the toddler who was On Sunday, Gerke said the number of people allegedly killed by the gunman rose overnight from four to

Hours after Saturday's shooting, Republican state Rep. Matt Schaefer of Tyler was adamant that no gun-control legislation should be considered in Texas.

"I am NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans. Period," Schaefer said Saturday in a string of tweets. "None of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent."

Democratic state Rep. Gina Hinojosa of Austin pushed back.

"People fail background checks because they lie on them," Hinojosa said in a Tweet of her own. "This is against federal law but ATF almost never investigates or prosecutes. In 2017, 181,000 people failed a background check. Only 12 were referred for prosecution."

Republican resistance to gun safety measures, she added, is "why nothing changes."

John C. Moritz covers Texas government and politics for the USA Today Network in Austin. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JohnnieMo.

More on the Odessa shooting:

  • Odessa shooting: Texas lawmaker's defiant defense of gun rights sparks sharp debate
  • Gov. Abbott: Roundtables to discuss violence after El Paso attack will start next week
  • Alice man wounded in Odessa, Texas shooting rampage that left seven dead

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