Report: ATF discloses inspection for store where Orlando shooter bought guns
By Christen Smith
Ed Henson, owner of the Shooting Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida, addresses the media after the Orlando shooting in 2016. (Photo: Eric Hasert/Treasure Coast Newspapers)
The federal government disclosed the official inspection report for the store where the Orlando shooter bought his guns before the June 12, 2016 massacre at Pulse nightclub.
Media group TCPalm acquired the heavily-redacted document as part of a Freedom of Information Act Request. The news outlet said Thursday it took 10 months and pressure from a USA Today Network attorney before the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives fulfilled the request.
The report uncovered nothing unusual or negligent at the Shooting Center, the Port St. Lucie gun store where Omar Mateen bought a handgun and a rifle on two different occasions about 10 days before the shooting, according to TCPalm.
“He did his due diligence,” ATF spokeswoman Clara Himel told the news outlet of the gun store’s owner, Ed Henson.
Forty-nine people died and more than 50 others were wounded when Mateen opened fire inside the nightclub just after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016, in what would become the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
Federal officials declined to comment whether the guns bought at the Shooting Center