UNLV Attacker Used Legally Purchased 9mm Handgun

Police have confirmed that a legally purchased 9mm handgun was used by the assailant in Wednesday's University of Nevada, Las Vegas shooting.

CNN I got it. Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the handgun was a Taurus PT92 pistol, which the 67-year-old Las Vegas suspect legally purchased about 18 months ago.

When law enforcement shows that a firearm was legally purchased, they are showing that it was purchased at a retail store through a background check.

Breitbart News has repeatedly shown that the majority of high-profile mass shooters over the past 16 to 17 years obtained their guns through background checks. But Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Chris Murphy and President Joe Biden, continue to push for stronger background checks as a solution to high-profile mass shootings.

Below is a short list of some notable attackers who obtained guns through background checks.

  • Louisville Old National Bank Raiders (April 10, 2023)
  • Nashville Christian School Attacker (March 27, 2023)
  • Uvalde School Attacker (May 24, 2022)
  • Buffalo grocery store attacker (May 14, 2022)
  • Indianapolis FedEx attacker (April 15, 2021)
  • Attackers in the Atlanta area (March 16, 2021)
  • Parkland High School attacker (February 14, 2018)
  • Texas Church Attacker (November 5, 2017)
  • Las Vegas Attacker (October 1, 2017)
  • Alexandria Attacker (June 14, 2017)
  • Orlando attacker (June 12, 2016)
  • UCLA Gunman (June 1, 2016)
  • San Bernardino Attacker (December 2, 2015)
  • Colorado Springs Attacker (October 31, 2015)
  • Umpqua Community College Attacker (October 1, 2015)
  • Alison Parker's attacker (August 26, 2015)
  • Lafayette movie theater attacker (July 23, 2015)
  • Chattanooga Attacker (July 16, 2015)
  • Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Attacker (June 17, 2015)
  • Attackers of the Muhammad Cartoon Contest (May 3, 2014)
  • Las Vegas Police Officer Murder Case (June 9, 2015)
  • Santa Barbara Attacker (May 23, 2014)
  • Fort Hood Raiders (April 2, 2014)
  • Arapahoe High School attacker (December 13, 2013)
  • DC Navy Yard Raiders (September 16, 2013)
  • Aurora movie theater attacker (July 20, 2012)
  • Who attacked Gabby Giffords (January 8, 2011)
  • Fort Hood Raiders (November 5, 2009)
  • Northern Illinois University Attacker (February 14, 2008)
  • Virginia Tech Attacker (April 16, 2007)

If you peruse the list above, you will quickly find that some of the attacks used to advance background checks are actually the ones where the attackers obtained the guns through such checks.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and also writes Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment for Breitbart News. He is also a writer and curator.he is a political analyst armed american radio Turning Point USA Ambassador. He served as a visiting scholar at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in his 2010 year and was a speaker at the 2023 Western Conservative Summit. Military history focusing on the Vietnam War (Brown Navy), the U.S. Navy since its inception, the Civil War, and early modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. To get Down Range, you can sign up at Please contact us directly at



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