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Ban on Gun Bought by Boulder Suspect Ruled Void by Judge Days Before Shooting

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A gun bought by the Boulder suspect had previously been prohibited by the city until a judge ruled the ban illegal just days before a shooting at the King Soopers grocery store, in which 10 people, including a police officer, lost their lives.

Ahmad Alissa, 21, has been identified as the suspected gunman. Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold announced Alissa has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.

According to the arrest affidavit, the suspect bought a pistol six days before the mass shooting. It read: “Using law enforcement databases, investigators determined that Alissa had purchased a Ruger AR556 pistol on March 16, 2021.”

The affidavit also says that officers recovered a rifle and a handgun inside the grocery store, though it does not say whether the Ruger pistol was one of the guns.

The shooting suspect bought a gun that may have been banned under city laws before a judge ruled it illegal days before the incident. In the photo above, smashed windows are left at the scene after a gunman opened fire at a King Sooper’s grocery store on March 22, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado.
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The Boulder incident was the second mass shooting within a week to rock the US.
Eight people were killed, including six women of Asian descent, when a gunman opened fire at three massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia on March 16.

The shooting suspect, Robert Aaron Long, who is in custody, faces multiple counts of murder and aggravated assault.

The Liberty Buzz has contacted the city of Boulder, Carr and Hartman for comment.

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