Pensacola Naval Air Station gunman got around a ban on foreigners buying guns

Posted at 5:57 AM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 06:36:55-05

PENSACOLA, Fla, (AP) -- Federal authorities say the gun used in Friday's shooting that killed three sailors and injured eight other people at a Pensacola naval air station was legally purchased in July from a licensed gun dealer.

A spokeswoman for the FBI says the 9mm Glock pistol was legally purchased by the shooter, Mohammed Alshamrani. The 21-year-old Saudi aviation student was killed after opening fire at the Pensacola Naval Air Station.

The FBI says Alshamrani qualified for an exception to laws prohibiting foreign nationals from having a gun because he had a valid Florida hunting license.

Authorities say he may have also qualified under other exceptions.