04/03/2014 03:00 pm ET

'Guns Galore' Reportedly Sold Both Fort Hood Shooters Their Guns


The man who killed three people and wounded 16 others before committing suicide at Fort Hood reportedly purchased his killing weapon at the same gun store where the first Fort Hood shooter bought his.

Unnamed law enforcement sources told both CNN and NBC News that Ivan Lopez recently bought a 45-caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol from Guns Galore and used it in Wednesday's deadly shooting.

Talking Points Memo points out that, in 2009, Fort Hood killer Nidal Malik Hasan purchased his firearm at the same store. He used the tactical pistol to kill 13 people.

CNN reports that Lopez passed a background check and authorities don't believe the store did anything illegal by selling the gun.

Although it's been reported that Lopez was being treated for anxiety and depression, Think Progress explains why he was still allowed to purchase a firearm:

Current federal law only bars people who have been involuntarily committed to inpatient mental health treatment or officially adjudicated mentally ill by a court from owning a firearm and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports veterans to the background check system if they’ve been deemed mentally incompetent.


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