Orlando attack: why was gunman able to buy weapons?

June 13th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

With fewer than half the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting identified, questions have mounted over how gunman Omar Mateen was able to buy weapons despite having been investigated twice by the FBI for suspected terrorist sympathies. Mateen, 29, a US citizen of Afghan heritage, launched the three-hour attack, which left 50 people dead and 53 injured, early on Sundayusing a legally-purchased 223-caliber assault rifle and 9mm semi-automatic pistol with multiple rounds of ammunition. Twenty minutes into the assault, he called 911 to declare his sympathies to Islamic State. Mateen worked as a courthouse security guard in Port St Lucie, Florida. Former wife Sitora Yusifiy said Mateen was “mentally unstable and mentally ill [and] obviously disturbed, deeply, and traumatised”.

Pulse nightclub massacre: questions over how suspect on FBI’s radar could buy guns

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