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

23:40  03 september  2019
23:40  03 september  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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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.

The gunman who killed seven people and injured more than 20 in a shooting rampage around Odessa, Texas, purchased his weapon from a private seller, a transaction that does not require a background check, law enforcement officials told NBC News.

Investigators are now looking into who sold the weapon to 36-year-old Seth Ator, who failed a gun background check in 2014 because, law enforcement officials told NBC News, he had a disqualifying mental health issue.

If the person who sold the gun to Ator knew of his mental health issues, that seller could face criminal charges.

Texas gunman purchased weapon in private sale, which doesn't require background check© Callaghan O'Hare Image: Officials investigate a stolen mail truck used by Seth Ator during a shooting in Odessa, Texas, on Sept. 1, 2019.

The House passed a bill in February that would require background checks for nearly all private sales, except those involving family members. But the Senate won't act on it until President Donald Trump makes his position clear.

Ator had been fired by his employer, Journey Oil Field Services, on Saturday, right before he went on his rampage in the neighboring cities of Odessa and Midland.

He was killed in a shootout with police.

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Fort Worth father warned police his son might buy a gun for mass shooting.
A Fort Worth father called police on his 27-year-old son, fearing the man was going to buy a gun and kill people. The father called police Sept. 3 and said his son had withdrawn money to buy guns. Police have interacted with the man before and know he is diagnosed with mental illness, officials said. The man was not allowed to buy weapons from several businesses because of his background check, police said. When officers found the man west of downtown Fort Worth, he had nearly $700 in cash and planned to buy a gun off the street. "He made multiple statements to officers indicating he was going to harm people," police officials said.

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