Wisconsin Sikh temple gun was purchased legally

OAK CREEK, Wisconsin Mon Aug 6, 2012 3:32pm EDT

Police stand outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, August 6, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress

Police stand outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, August 6, 2012.

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OAK CREEK, Wisconsin (Reuters) - The 9 mm semi-automatic handgun used in the attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people was legally purchased from a licensed gun dealer, law enforcement officials said on Monday.

Bernard Zapor, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the gun had multiple ammunition magazines, but no other details on the weapon were released.

Another ATF official, Thomas Ahern, said that the gun had been traced back to its original purchaser but the identity of the person was not being released. The make and model of the gun also were not disclosed.

Gunman Wade Michael Page had no criminal record prior to the attack, which took place on Sunday as the congregation was preparing for services, FBI special agent in charge Teresa Carlson said, although she said he had had some contact with law enforcement in the past.

(This story corrects reference to shooter purchasing the handgun. Identity of person who purchased the weapon has not been disclosed.)

(Writing by Mary Wisniewski and Greg McCune; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (9)
Susanbsbi wrote:
It is time that the GOP stops this racial slurs on the President and other people. It has done nothing but started more violence/vigilantist than necessary. It is time that BOTH parties stand up to the NRA and crack done on the gun control. I know the NRA it all about the money[GREED], but we are losing life’s unnecessarily.

Aug 06, 2012 1:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:
Nope, it is not time for gun control or will it ever be time for gun control in the United States Of America. If it is tried you have just begun to see violence. If you try to take my gun you better be ready to try and kill me to get it Susanbsbi. You personally. Take resposibility for your words and stop putting it off on someone else to die for your opinion. Coward.

Aug 06, 2012 4:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
brotherkenny4 wrote:
The NRA didn’t tell the crazy racist dude to shoot people. Although many NRA members are racists. I tend to believe that guns aren’t the issue. Although the white guys in the NRA might think differently if I said that every black teenage boy should be given a gun for protection, especially after Trevon Martin was gunned down by a silly little man who went out of his way to provoke a chance to kill someone. If George Zimmerman was dead and Travon Martin alive would anyone even consider this a “stand your ground” issue. It appears to me that Zimmerman was the instigator, and there was no threat until he started following and harassing.

So anyway, the NRA, certainly many white supremecists with no real desire for justice. Given guns legally or illegally makes them no more or less a threat. Making laws to defend ourselves from the irrational crazies is really stupid.

Aug 06, 2012 4:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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