2 Nevada Gun Shops Say Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Passed All Background Checks

Stephen Paddock bought guns at at least two shops.
via WESH

Two Nevada gun shops confirmed Monday that they sold firearms to Mandalay Bay shooter Stephen Paddock in the last year and said he passed all required background checks.

It was unknown if the weapons Paddock bought from the gun shops, New Frontier Armory in North Las Vegas and Guns and Guitars in Mesquite, were used in the casino massacre.

Police said they found 19 firearms, along with explosives and thousands of bullets, at Paddock’s home in Mesquite. Another 23 guns were found in his hotel room, officials said.

David Familglietti of New Frontier said that Paddock purchased a rifle and a shotgun in the spring and that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives interviewed the employee who handled the sale.

“The rifle was not fully automatic, and a shotgun isn’t capable of shooting from where he was,” Famiglietti told NBC News when asked whether it was possible that the guns were used in the mass shooting.

“He’s only shopped there once, so it wasn’t someone we knew personally,” he said.

“We’re very sad about the news of this tragedy. We’re in the business of selling firearms legally and took all precautions on this sale, as we do with all sales. My staff takes their job very seriously, and if there were any ‘red flags,’ the sale would have halted immediately.”

He added, “All state and federal laws were followed, and an FBI background check took place and was passed by the buyer.”

Christopher Sullivan, general manager of Guns & Guitars, did not say what weapons Paddock, who lived in Mesquite, had bought.

“All necessary background checks and procedures were followed, as required by local, state, and federal law. He never gave any indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit at any time,” Sullivan said in a statement.

“We are currently cooperating with the ongoing investigation by local and federal law enforcement in any way we can,” he said, adding, “We mourn for this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the lost and injured.”

At least three other gun shops and ranges in the Las Vegas area said they had been in contact with law enforcement about Paddock but declined to discuss any purchases or visits he made.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Tracy Connor and Ken Dilanian