The Texas shooter who went on a rampage last week obtained his rifle through a private sale, according to The Associated Press. Buying privately allowed him to avoid a federal background check that barred him from purchasing a gun in 2014, allegedly because of a mental health issue.
Seth Ator, 36, was killed by officers in Odessa after he went on a shooting spree lasting more than an hour and spanning 10 miles. Ator killed seven and injured 22 others.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said on Tuesday that Ator had attempted to purchase a firearm in January 2014, but was denied. The department was prohibited from disclosing the reason, but a law enforcement official told the AP it was because of a mental health issue.
🔦 A private gun sale is not subject to a federal background check. Although a seller would be breaking the law if they knowingly sold a firearm to someone who could not legally purchase one, they are not required to conduct a background check.