Madden killer Katz legally armed himself in state with one of USA’s toughest gun laws

Madden killer Katz legally armed himself in state with one of USA's toughest gun laws

24-year-old David Katz is accused of going on a shooting rampage during a video game tournament before taking his own life. USA TODAY (Photo: Screenshot from Buffalo Bills Twitter account) When David Katz gunned down two fellow video game enthusiasts in Jacksonville on Sunday, he became evil incarnate. But was this the act of an enraged gamer bent on murderous revenge, or a deranged individual who should not have had access to a gun? In hindsight, the latter seems logical, particularly in light of court documents from his parents’ bitter divorce that suggest Katz’s psychological troubles started more than a decade ago. But in legal terms, Katz, 24, who killed himself at the scene after also injuring a dozen others, lawfully obtained his two handguns in a state — Maryland — that is among a dozen with comparatively high hurdles to firearm ownership. According to a ranking of states based on the toughness of their gun laws, Maryland rates an A -, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Violence, placing it just behind California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. Police vehicles block one of the bridges leading to Jacksonville Landing where four people were killed and several wounded at a Madden 19 tournament. (Via OlyDrop) (Photo: Craig Bailey, FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK) Specifically, Maryland goes a few steps beyond federal laws — which prevent the sale of weapons to those “adjudicated as a mental defective" — and restricts sales to anyone with a […]

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