Gilroy Festival Shooter Illegally Possessed Gun, Broke Into Gun-Free Zone

The gun used to kill three at the Gilroy Garlic Festival could not have been legally possessed by gunman in California.

Gilroy, CA – The gunman who killed three and wounded numerous others at the famed Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday was illegally possessing his weapon.

Authorities said that the 19-year-old man who went on a shooting spree on the last day of the popular festival bought his weapon legally in Nevada on July 9, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Agent Robert Topper said the gun used in Gilroy was an “AK-47 variant... based on the original AK-47,” but did not know the particular model, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Guns like the semi-automatic rifle used by the shooter at the festival are illegal to buy or sell in California, with very few exceptions for people with special permits.

In fact, all gun sales to people under the age of 21 are illegal in California.

But authorities in Gilroy said Monday that they believed the gunman legally purchased his weapon while he was living in Nevada, where the minimum age to purchase that gun is 18, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The owner of the gun shop in Fallon, Nevada, who sold the gun that was used in Gilroy just three weeks earlier, posted some details of his interactions with the gunman on Facebook Monday in a post that offered condolences to the victims’ loved ones.

“We feel so very sorry for the Families, I am heartbroken this could ever happen,” wrote Mike of Big Mikes Guns and Ammo. “Please show only respect here. Good people have been hurt and this goes against everything I believe in. I have always said we will sell to good people and have done everything we can to make sure this happens.”

“We obey the Laws, We are a small home business, we sell to people who we think are upstanding citizens to promote safe sport shooting,” the post continued. “I pray to God for all the families. I did not know this individual. He ordered the rifle off my internet page. When I did see him, he was acting happy and showed no reasons for concern. I would never ever sell any firearm to anyone who acted wrong or looks associated with any bad group like white power. Everyone is my brother and sister and I am mourning for the families.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Monday that it was likely the gunman broke state gun laws, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“That weapon could not be sold in California. That weapon cannot be imported into the state of California,” Becerra said. “There is a very strong likelihood, as we develop the evidence, that the perpetrator in this particular case, violated California law, on top of the crimes of homicide.”

California implemented new guns laws as of 2019 that extended prohibitions on gun purchases to people under 21 to include rifles and shotguns in response to the Parkland school massacre in Florida on Feb. 14, 2018, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

State law also bans citizens of California from purchasing firearms in another state and bringing them back home.

ATF data showed that 58 percent of the 80,561 guns recovered in California in 2016 and 2017 had come from out of state, showing that people are ignoring the law.

A 2017 report issued by Chicago, a city which has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States, showed that the majority of weapons seized in the Windy City came from out of state, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Fully one-fifth of the guns recovered in Chicago came from the much more gun-friendly state of Indiana, next door to Illinois.

“We can’t enforce California laws in Nevada,” California’s attorney general said. “The reach of the California law ends at our borders.”

Besides ignoring the California border, the shooter also ignored the gun-free zone at the festival.

The festival was enclosed by a fence and security searched bags at the entrance to ensure that nobody was bringing in any weapons.

“It appears as though they had come into the festival via the creek which borders a parking area. They used some sort of a tool to cut through the fence to be able to gain access through the secure fence line, and that’s how they got into the festival area itself,” the Gilroy police chief said at a press conference.

There were initial reports of a possible second shooter or accomplice, but so far no evidence has materialized supporting the reports that a second person was involved.

Comments (31)
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usac95
usac95

“That weapon could not be sold in California. That weapon cannot be imported into the state of California,” Becerra said. really Becerra your statement about all these gun laws are dumb as you are ....

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Well I guess strict California gun laws don’t really help? Well anyway, this 19 year old kid was, is, and will always be remembered as a FUCKING COWARD! You as the family, should be ashamed of yourselves for him acting in this particular incident. I hope you take responsibility and own up to what he’s done and don’t bring up “mental health” or “drugs” as an excuse. Just say that he was a piece of shit, who shouldn’t have been born and you apologize. We don’t need to hear how good of grades he’s gotten in high school, how he probably wanted to be a doctor, or any type of bullshit like that. Just shut your mouth and apologize. Then you take in whatever comments you receive about your pice of shit 19 year old. I don’t know anything about the family, I don’t know how he was raised, I don’t know what problems he’s had, but anyone who would do something like this gets no praise at all, and definitely nothing good he’s done in the past can outweigh what he did to the loves and families affected by this. If he had personal problems, then take them out on yourself COWARD!!!!

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

OMG!! Tell me is ain't so!! A homicidal psychopath broke the Law by legally buying a gun in another state and bringing it to CA? Then he violated the sign that said "No Guns?" Then he violated the law about killing people? It must be time to enact more laws after offering "prayers and condolences."

How about letting police be police, make Judges enforce the law, quit listening to the bleeding heart liberals and quit voting Democrat?

Dang, there I go again expecting common sense.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

So in other words: MSM will drop this story like there's no tomorrow. The guy was of Iranian heritage and he used an illegal gun that wasn't an AR15.

Soapstarpeper
Soapstarpeper

“That weapon could not be sold in California. That weapon cannot be imported into the state of California.” My suggestion is that you arrest him. Morons. Another example of the futility and ineffectiveness of your ridiculous gun laws!

Droptopper
Droptopper

Only thing in this sad story that could have stopped this turd in its tracks ,would have been citizens with concealed weapons of their own ..That's how you defend against this kind of garbage. Unfortunately it will be more laws to make sure the law abiding will be as defenseless as possible. Guess what the deranged shooter will not abide by any laws ...why should he. Just a Fact.

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

He broke into a "Gun Free Zone"...when guns are totally banned, only criminals will have guns. I carry everywhere I go. "Gun free zones" are wussy "safe places". "Oh! You can't shoot me here; it's a gun free zone! Wahhh!" I will protect your worthless hide because you are sheeple. I will protect you against the wolves because you are sheeple. You will and can always call me a murderer, but I saved your life. Sheeple are unwilling to protect themselves, wanting others to do it for them; but when they do protect you Sheeple, you want to hang the Watchdogs fro the nearest tree. Good shoot policemen! I'm glad, and proud, you took this piece of trash to the dump.

new2lv2
new2lv2

You mean a criminal didn't follow gun laws????????????? Wow California!!! You don't say!!!

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

Killers don’t care about California gun bans or gun free zone laws. And the people obeying the gun laws are being killed in large numbers due to dangerous gun laws. Gun laws don’t stop shootings.‬ Guns however do. I don’t want to wait for someone with a gun to respond from a distance to come save me!! The casualty numbers keep rising in California, repeal these dangerous gun laws!

KitKat60
KitKat60

"They can't enforce California law in Nevada." They can't enforce it in California either. Politicians need to wake up. Criminals DO NOT OBEY LAWS!!!

tkshields
tkshields

condolences to the families but did I read this right they had a this festival surronded by a fence(border) so they could check people at a point of entry and he carried a gun into a placard gun free zone while im truly sorry for the families the hypocrisies of this story are just wow

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

Were there signs posted that it was a Gun Free Zone? If not then how was the shooter to know? If there were signs posted then he violated the signs. Sadly young people had to die because of their stupidity. Cali, the Land of Fruits and Nuts. Every fruit is a little nutty and every nut is a little fruity.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

So a bad guy sneaks into a gun free zone, and knows one thing: every non-cop in the place is unarmed, and an easy target. They can't shoot back, and the only thing that will stop a buy guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, which thankfully the cops did after a minute; but by then 11 people were shot, 3 of which were fatally shot. But the liberals feel safe because it's a gun free zone.....

Proud Nationalist
Proud Nationalist

"I don't understand...We have laws against that"...

dsmarine
dsmarine

I am by no means in favor of liberal gun control but in favor of sensible restrictions. In NC to purchase a handgun you must be 21 and be a Concealed Handgun Permit holder or be 21 and obtain a pistol purchase permit from the sheriff in the county you reside in. Similar laws could relate to interstate purchase of any firearm.

junkmansj
junkmansj

GUN CONTROL WORKS!

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

How is gun free zone working for you idiots. These libnuts are idiots

magnumforc
magnumforc

Becerra says he likely broke California gun laws. Duh! Grandstanding after something happens that all the stupid gun laws passed by stupid Democrat politicians could not prevent.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

The shooter should have been aborted as as a small organism. Oh and all of you anti abortion dick heads that support death penalty but not a womans right to choose need to check yourselves. At least I'm consistent- I support both.

javaguy
javaguy

Tell me again how well those gun control laws are working for ya....

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

Some on you are so funny. You do not want ANY type of gun laws. So how about this, we do away with ALL gun laws except one...EVERYONE gets a gun...if you cannot afford one, the government will provide you with one. AR 15, AK 47, 45, 9MM...whatever you want. It should be legal to open carry EVERYWHERE. Every gang banger, drug dealer, murderer, thug, everyone gets one. If you or anyone in your family gets shot and killed, who cares, someone around them will have a gun and try to kill whomever killed them. GREAT SYSTEM

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

@javaguy read my post. I have a better idea

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

The shooter was into Nazi's and Isis bullsh#t! Mentally unstable! Becerra, you can't legislate mental illnesses! Wouldn't have made any difference if he was 21! He'd just had more time to plan something horrific like this! Kudos to the LE who again ran into harms way to take out this little punk a##!

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

Basically, gun laws don't work, since criminals don't obey laws. The fact that nobody can figure this out is why we continue to have these shootings.
Arm a few teachers in a school, and see how that will change such a situation!

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

which is why I avoid places that say "Gun Free Zone." It might as well read "Stick ups welcome." I carry. It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.