The gunman involved in the shooting in Aurora, Illinois had his firearm owner identification card revoked in March 2014, police said in a Saturday press conference.
When applying for a concealed carry permit, Gary Martin provided fingerprints that turned up a conviction from August 1995 in Mississippi.
Once his card was revoked, his ownership of the 0.4-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol that was used in Friday’s shooting was no longer valid.
Police also said Martin had six prior arrests by the Aurora Police Department for charges including traffic and domestic battery issues.
The gunman involved in a shooting that killed five people in Aurora, Illinois had his firearm owner identification card revoked by state police in March 2014.
Aurora police chief Kristen Ziman told media Saturday that investigators were looking into how Martin “had access to a firearm he shouldn’t have had access to,” as it appeared despite his lengthy legal history in the state, he fell between the cracks for police monitoring of gun ownership.
On March 11, 2014, Martin became the owner of a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun from an Illinois dealer. Later that month, his application for a concealed carry permit was denied and his FOID, or firearm owner identification, card was revoked by Illinois State Police after the fingerprint process for a concealed carry permit turned up a conviction from August 1995 in Mississippi.
State guidelines stipulate that after the card is revoked, the person must submit details to state police on the guns they own and identify another valid FOID holder who will hold the guns during the revocation.
Upon revocation, state authorities notify local police, who likely won’t seize guns from the former FOID holder unless they fail to submit the form, which is a misdemeanor and allows police …read more
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