So who dropped the ball on this one? Here was a man who was on the FBI watch list TWICE and still was able to pass background checks for firearms purchases. But it gets worse.
CBS12 reportsJust weeks before he carried out his attack, Omar Mateen went into a gun store looking for body armor and large volumes of ammunition. Store employees were alarmed and called “authorities.” And yet, what was done?
An employee of a gun store in Jensen Beach says the man involved in the terror attack at a nightclub in Orlando tried to buy Level 3 body armor. The store said it reported the unusual request to a law enforcement agency, weeks before the shootings.
According to a manager at Lotus Gunworks, Omar Mateen came into the store about four or five weeks ago. The workers told him they didn’t carry Level 3 body armor.
An employee at the store told CBS12 Mateen then asked where he could get that kind of armor, and asked if the store sold any higher-grade body armor. Workers said no.
The store told CBS12 Mateen also asked about buying ammunition in bulk. The store said not on that day.
The employee said Mateen then called someone on his phone and spoke to them in Arabic.
Lotus Gunworks said it reported the unusual request to an agency.
The employee would not specify which agency, but the move is in line with the FBI’s push for people to “see something, say something,” if they witness anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.
So if we “see something, say something” and the “agency” does nothing, what good does it do?
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]