Aurora Movie Theater Shooter James Holmes Bought 6,000 Rounds Of Ammunition Off The Internet Legally

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Gun control is a serious issue in the United States.  The Second Amendment in the U.S. Bill of Rights is the right to bear arms, but sometimes people abuse this right.  James Holmes, the suspect of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition and four guns in the weeks that led up to the massacre.  He killed 12 people and injured over 50.  At a news conference last night, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates stated “My understanding is all weapons he possessed, he possessed legally. All ammunition he possessed, he possessed legally.”

Some of the versions of the AR-15 assault rifle that police reported Holmes used was outlawed for civilian sale under a federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.  All versions of that gun have been legal for sale and possession in the U.S. since then.  The AR-15 is distributed by over 20 manufacturers in the United States.  The AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle that fires shots individually.  Aftermarket pars are available at sporting goods stores including magazines that can hold up to 90 bullets according to The Huffington Post.  The Associated Press reported that Holmes’ gun was equipped at a high capacity with a drum-style magazine.

Holmes purchased four guns in the past 60 days from local shops.  He bought several magazines, each holding up to 100 rounds for a total of 6,000 rounds of ammunition from the Internet.  Holmes has a lawyer and is due in court on Monday at 8:30AM.  He is currently locked up at the Arapahoe County Jail and his mug shot is not being released at this time.  A prayer vigil is scheduled for tomorrow at 6:30PM at the Aurora Municipal Center.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

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  1. kirkrr says:

    To paraphrase the Pulitzer prize winning and former clinical psychologist Charles Krauthammer, over the last 20+ years, the criteria for getting mentally ill people committed has increased dramatically, allowing more mentally ill into the general population.

    Not that this would have pre-empted this guy, as he apparently seemed totally normal.

    Too bad there was not a few armed citizens in the audience. A 45 to a ballistic vest may not kill you, but it would certainly knock the wind out of you, and maybe break a few ribs. A lot of people might have been saved, had more responsible people been carrying firearms in the theater.

    But instead, we will probably attempt to increase gun control, a path that has failed miserably in every country where this has been implemented, increasing both crime and death by firearms along the way.

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