Indianapolis FedEx Shooter Legally Bought Two Assault Weapons Months After Local Police Seized His Shotgun

The New York Times reports:

Brandon Hole, the 19-year-old man who the police say fatally shot eight people at a FedEx facility on Thursday night, legally purchased two semiautomatic rifles he used in the attack just a few months after the police seized a shotgun from him, the chief of the Indianapolis Police Department said on Saturday. In March 2020, the police seized a shotgun from Mr. Hole after his mother raised concerns about his mental state, records show.

But, Chief Randal Taylor said, the fact that Mr. Hole was legally able to make the more recent gun purchases indicated that — despite his mother’s warning and the police seizure of a gun — the authorities had not deemed him subject to Indiana’s so-called red flag law, which bars people from possessing a firearm if they are found by a judge to present a dangerous risk.

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