Boulder Colorado Gunman Purchased His Gun Legally
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Al Aliwi Alissa, the Boulder Colorado gunman bought his gun legally after passing a background check said the owner of the Eagles Nest Armory, where the Syrian born gunman purchased the weapon. The 21-year-old apparently purchased an AR-556 pistol, "which resembles an AR-15 rifle," (emphasis added) The Denver Post is reporting. Alissa also carried a 9 mm handgun that he apparently did not use. The Denver Post also reports that Alissi had a criminal record consisting of a misdemeanor assault, which does not disqualify him from purchasing a weapon in Colorado. Alissa is facing ten counts of first-degree murder.
The findings punch a hole on the Left's emphasis on gun control laws to prevent mass shootings. It also weakens their contention that AR-15s need to be outlawed in the United States. Taken to its logical conclusion, the Left's position would have to include outlawing gun sales to individuals with misdemeanor convictions. By that argument, in Florida, misdemeanants, no matter how distant, of such crimes as petit theft (<$300.00), driving without a driver's license, and a second offense of driving with a tag that is more than 6 months past overdue would be disqualified from ever purchasing a weapon.
Additionally, for a statute to capture the Ruger 556, it would have to include not only AR-15s themselves, but those that "resemble" AR-15s. Incidentally, the acronym "AR" in "AR-15" does not stand for "assault rifle" but for "ArmaLite Rifle," the name of the original manufacturer, ArmaLite, Inc.
Investigators have also revealed that Alissi employed a 30-round magazine. Such high-capacity magazines may not be legally sold in Colorado, The Wall Street Journal reports. Whether Alissi purchased it legally and whether it was also purchased at the Eagle's Nest Armory is still under investigation.
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Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.