Texas Man Pleads Guilty in Gun Sale to Mass Shooter

Texas Man Pleads Guilty in Gun Sale to Mass Shooter

Seth Ator in an undated photo provided by Odessa, Texas, police. Photo: odessa police department/Reuters Ator, who was shot and killed by police , had been deemed by a court to be mentally unfit to own firearms before purchasing the weapon from Marcus Braziel. Mr. Braziel admitted that he sold numerous guns without a firearm dealer’s license online, according to his plea agreement. Several of the people who purchased firearms from him had been barred from buying guns. Investigators say they don’t exactly know how Ator first found Mr. Braziel, but that Mr. Braziel typically posted ads for the guns on websites including Armslist.com and then arranged to meet with the buyers in person to complete the sale. Ator tried unsuccessfully to buy a gun in 2014 but was flagged by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, law-enforcement officials said last year. He eventually turned to Mr. Braziel in 2016, court documents show. Federal law doesn’t require background checks for private gun sales between individuals, though 22 states now require checks for at least some private sales. The family of Joe Griffith, who was killed by Seth Ator, testified before lawmakers in November 2019. Photo: Mark Rogers/Associated Press Mr. Braziel faces up to five years in prison. A lawyer representing him didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Prosecutors charged Mr. Braziel with selling guns without a license. Under federal law, individuals “in the business” of dealing or manufacturing firearms must get a license. There is no legal […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.