Naval Base Shooter ‘Used Loophole’ to Purchase Legal Gun: FL Governor

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The Glock handgun used in Friday’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola was purchased legally in the U.S., the FBI says. Mohammed Alshamrani, a Saudi national, used the weapon to kill three sailors and wound eight others, NPR reports. Alshamrani, 21, was a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force and a student naval flight officer in Pensacola. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called for better vetting of military personnel who come to the U.S. for training, saying “they should not be doing that if they hate our country.”

Of Alshamrani’s gun purchase, DeSantis said, “That’s a federal loophole he took advantage of. I’m a big supporter of the Second Amendment – but the Second Amendment is so that we the American people can keep and bear arms. It does not apply to Saudi Arabians. He had no constitutional right to do that, for sure.” ATF says foreign nationals in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa are forbidden from possessing a gun unless they meet one of several exceptions. Those exceptions allow for someone with a valid hunting license or permit, certain official representatives of a foreign government, or a foreign law enforcement officer of a friendly foreign government entering the U.S. on official business. See also:”Saudis Probing Whether Shooter was Radicalized.”

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