How does a man investigated by the FBI for possible links to terrorism buy an assault-style weapon in America? Easily.
Omar Mateen used a legally purchased AR-15-style weapon to massacre at least 50 people in an Orlando gay club early Sunday. The FBI had looked into him twice with inconclusive findings — not that a different result necessarily would have mattered.
The American-born Mateen had security and firearm licenses and his guns were legally purchased within the past week.
In most states, people convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes may still legally purchase guns. That suspected terrorists can legally purchase weapons in the U.S. has been a fierce point of contention in Congress and among gun-control advocates.