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.