From KCBD Texas:
FBI and the ATF are still investigating after serving a search warrant in the 3400 block of Mesa Road in Lubbock, across from the Lubbock Country Club, apparently in connection with the Midland/Odessa shootings from Saturday.
We’re still waiting on official confirmation, but we believe this search is related to the manufacture and sale of the AR-15 used in the Midland/Odessa shootings.
The search was conducted around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Wall Street Journal reports that law enforcement is investigating a person of interest in Lubbock, suspected of illegally manufacturing and selling the rifle used in Saturday’s mass shooting in Midland/Odessa.
From the New York Post:
Investigators believe the suspect sold gunman Seth Ator the rifle in a private sale that allowed him to purchase the weapon without undergoing a background check, according to the report.
Authorities believe the man was illegally buying parts for guns, assembling a single firearm and then reselling it, the Journal reported.
The NYT article is still behind the paywall and I don’t have more details than that.
The term “manufacture” is a little dubious when it comes to media reporting. I don’t know if this was truly a case of manufacturing, i.e., finish machining a lower and building it into a gun. Or if it was simply assembly using parts kids and stripped lowers.
Either way, doing that with the intent to sell without an FFL is a violation of Federal law.
So with all the hand wringing about this shooter buying a gun through a private sale that would have been stopped with a UBC, does anybody honestly believe that a guy who was knowingly illegally dealing in firearms would have performed a background check before selling it?
What I can see happening is, depending on how this guy manufactured this gun, a call for bans on unfinished receivers (cue comments about 80% Sten receivers at Home Depot) or bans on stripped lowers and such.
Again, we have a situation where the “do something” talking point du jour would have been totally ineffective at stopping the shooting.