Movie Massacre: Where Did Holmes Get His Guns & Gear?

By Stephanie Parkinson

July 24, 2012 Updated Jul 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The massacre in Aurora, Colorado is leaving many wondering how James Holmes got a hold of such deadly weapons.

Background checks are done before people buy guns in the United States. That means convicted felons can’t buy guns legally but Holmes had no record, so he could.

Homles opened fire in that Aurora movie theater in the early morning hours of July 20. He had an AR 15 rifle that was modified so he didn't have to reload his ammo and he had two pistols.

He was wearing a bulletproof vest, ballistic helmet, a gas mask and a throat protector. All of the gear he had on can be found online and in some stores in the U.S.

The guns he used can also be purchased legally in many stores in the U.S. But it wasn't always that way, there was a law that banned the AR 15 rifle and some advocates think that law should be put back in place.

"Reinstate a stronger ban on these, so called assault weapons. These aren't the type of weapons that you use in hunting, the AR 15s that are able to shoot 60 rounds in 60 seconds," said Paul Helmke, Former President, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Others think stricter laws haven’t and won’t help fight the violence.

"If more laws were going to stop that violence, it would have stopped. It would have already happened. It would have happened with the 1994 ban that Clinton had, it didn't," said Robert Aldridge, Owner, Indiana Firearms Training.

Aldridge says when someone has an agenda like this to carry out such violent acts there are no laws that will stop them from getting the gear and guns they want.

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