A look into Florida gun laws revealed a resident can legally obtain the same weapons carried by James Holmes, the 24-year-old man accused of killing 12 at least people in an Aurora movie theater Friday.
Holmes legally purchased an AR-15 assault rifle, a Glock 23 handgun capable of holding 22 rounds, and a Remington shotgun. He also bought 6,000 rounds of ammunition online.
â€œYou can purchase as many guns as you want, and ammunition for that matter,â€ said criminal attorney David Kubiliun. â€œGiven the fact that [Holmes] had no criminal history, no criminal background, the same thing could have happened in Florida.â€
Jeff Dillard, the owner of the National Armory in Pompano Beach, laid out the weapons Holmes carried with him during the alleged crime.
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â€œSomebody that has had mental problems in the past is able to get their hands on a gun,â€ he said.
The owner also told NBC 6 that Florida law requires that a person purchasing a gun wait five days for a criminal background check, which does not include a mental evaluation.
â€œThe big gap that we see is anyone that has a mental issue, that doesn’t get reported to FDLE because of the state HIPPA laws,â€ he said.
But Florida residents with concealed weapons permits do not have to wait to purchase their weapon and can legally carry a gun. More than 94,000 people have weapons permits in Miami-Dade County, followed by more than 74,000 in Broward County and more than 1 million people statewide.
Dillard said that although it is illegal to buy ammunition online and have it shipped to a Broward County home, the law is rarely enforced.
â€œEveryone does it,â€ he said.
One Miami-Dade gun dealer told NBC 6 South Florida that ammunition can be shipped to a home.
NBC 6 South Florida also found that background checks for those buying from a private seller are not required.