Lawyer: Alexis tested AR-15 rifle at Sharpshooters
When Aaron Alexis visited a Newington gun store and firing range on Saturday, he tested out an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle but did not seek to buy it, a lawyer for the store said Wednesday. The .223-caliber rifle was used in recent mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., and initial reports indicated that one may have been used in the Washington Navy Yard shootings.
Instead, after purchasing ammunition and test firing the AR-15, Alexis inquired about buying a handgun at Sharpshooters Small Arms Range, according to J. Michael Slocum, an attorney for the store. But Virginia law does not allow dealers to sell directly to out-of-state residents, and the gun would have had to be shipped to a licensed dealer in Alexis’s home state, Slocum said. Rifles and shotguns may be sold to out-of-state residents, however, and Alexis then selected the Remington 870 Express shotgun, bought it and about two boxes of shells, or about 24 rounds, Slocum said. Alexis then passed a state and federal background check and bought the shotgun.
Authorities said the shotgun was then used in the Navy Yard shootings in which 12 people were killed before Alexis was shot dead.
Here is more on Sharpshooters and Alexis’s legal purchase of the shotgun.