Seth Ator, the alleged gunman in the mass shooting that occurred Saturday in the area between Midland and Odessa, Texas, reportedly purchased his weapon from a private seller, law enforcement officials told NBC News.
Ator, who allegedly went on a shooting rampage after being fired from his job before being shot and killed by police, reportedly failed a gun background check when attempting to purchase a weapon in 2014 because he had a disqualifying mental health issue. Law enforcement is now reportedly investigating the private sale. If it turns out the person was aware of Ator's mental health issue when the weapon — which reportedly may have been a .223 AR-15 style firearm — was sold, the seller could face criminal charges, NBC News reports. But if it's determined the seller was not privy to Ator's previous failed background check, the sale may have been legal, as private sales are not required by law to run background checks.
The Senate is waiting until President Trump makes his position clear to act on a bill passed by the House in February that would require background checks for all private gun sales, save for transactions between family members. Read more at NBC News.
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