Here's Why The Alleged Navy Yard Shooter Was Able To Buy A Gun Staff
Posted: Sep 18, 2013 10:32 AM

Aaron Alexis

Why was a man with a troubled history of mental issues and at least two prior arrests dealing with guns able to purchase a firearm the weekend before he killed 12 people and wounded 14 others in the Washington Navy Yard massacre? The answer lies in how Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old alleged shooter, managed to exploit state and federal gun laws. Alexis bought a shotgun, the main firearm he allegedly used in the massacre, at Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in Lorton, Va. on Saturday, according to a statement from J. Michael Slocum, the attorney for the gun range.