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There’s Something You Aren’t Being Told About The Las Vegas Shooting

As details have continued to emerge from Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, it seems mass confusion has been generated in the process.

While it has been reported that shooter Stephen Paddock possibly used an illegal fully-automatic weapon, had an arsenal of more than ten rifles at his disposal, and had a rather sophisticated setup in the hotel room with cameras to help watch for approaching police, Paddock’s relatives suggest all of this information comes with much surprise, as there were no signs of interest, not to mention neither the expertise, nor military background were there.

Per National Review:

So, a person who’s “not a gun guy” has either expended untold thousands of dollars to legally purchase fully-automatic weapons, somehow found them on the black market, or purchased and substantially modified multiple semi-automatic weapons — and did so with enough competence to create a sustained rate of fire. This same person also spent substantial sums purchasing just the right hotel room to maximize casualties. I cannot think of a single other mass shooter who went to this level of expense and planning in the entire history of the United States.

And there was no real warning? His family was unaware? His brother also reported that the shooter had no meaningful political or religious affiliations. “He just hung out.” At the same time, however, there are reports that a woman told a group of concert-goers, “You’re all going to die tonight.”

However, The Federalist explains through its research that Paddock would have had to go to great lengths to obtain this kind of weaponry, despite what most leftists would have you believe:

Under the [National Firearms Act], it is illegal for any private civilian to own any fully automatic weapons manufactured after May 19, 1986. Only registered Class 3 FFLs may make them, and then only for purchase by qualified state and federal agencies. There are no exceptions. According to the ATF’s official handbook on NFA laws and regulations, it’s not even legal to make new replacement parts for pre-1986 machine guns: “There is no exception allowing for the lawful production, transfer, possession, or use of a post-May 18, 1986 machinegun receiver as a replacement receiver on a weapon produced prior to May 19, 1986.”

So what about pre-1986 machine guns? Are civilians permitted to own those? Yes, with a host of exceptions. The pre-1986 machine guns may be sold only by a Class 3 FFL and must be registered with the ATF. Easy peasy, right? Not really. The process of registering a NFA item with the ATF is costly, invasive, and time-consuming […]

And that’s just the federal registration process. We haven’t even discussed the cost of purchasing a legal machine gun. If you can find a legal, ATF-stamped, pre-1986 machine gun for less than $10,000, then you’re a miracle worker.

All of that said, it would seem that either the brother’s claims are untrue, or Paddock had a ton of help obtaining the weaponry and executing the plan.

However, interestingly enough, apparently Stephen is the son of former FBI Most Wanted List alum Patrick Benjamin Paddock.

And furthermore, ISIS now claims that Paddock carried out the shooting in their name.

All things worth keeping an eye on as additional details emerge.

 

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