SWFL gun shop owner weighs in on weapon background checks
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MARCO ISLAND, Fla.- Navy Shipyard shooter Aaron Alexis had history of mental disturbances. According to Rhode Island Police, Alexis called officers to his hotel room in August and some friends said he showed signs of Paranoia. With documented mental illness and run-ins with the law, many wonder if the shooter should've been allowed to have guns.
Ed d'Alessandro, owner of Castle Keep Armory on Marco Island said while there are tons of questions to be answered, one thing is for certain. He said guns should've never been sold to the shooter.
"He's dangerous he's a danger to society yet we let him onto a secure military facility." d'Alessandro said.
" The fact that he has a mental history yet the official government background check that we pay for with each and every gun transfer failed to un-cover it why?" d'Alessandro said.
To buy a gun in Florida, d'Alessandro said you have to show a valid I.D. and be checked by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
"Fill out a form that includes questions like "have you ever been arrested, had criminal charges?" If you answer yes to some of the questions we can't sell you the gun." d'Alessandro said.
d'Alessandro said there have been too many senseless shootings that prove some things may have fallen through the cracks and thinks there needs to be stricter guidelines on mental health and overall background checks.