Gun store owner says shooter passed all background tests

ORLANDO (AP) – The owner of a gun store where the Orlando nightclub shooter bought his weapons says the gunman passed a full background check and that if he hadn’t bought the guns from him, he would’ve purchased them somewhere else.

Ed Henson is the owner of the St. Lucie Shooting Center. He told reporters during a news conference Monday outside his business that Omar Mateen legally purchased a long gun and a handgun about a week or so ago but he didn’t know on exactly what days. He said they weren’t bought on the same day.

Henson says Mateen had two security licenses, an armed one and an unarmed one. Henson says he is sorry this “evil person” bought the guns from his store.

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