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Police officers guard one of the entrances to the site of a shooting at a King Soopers grocery store. Photo: Chet Strange/Getty Images

The 21-year-old suspect in the Boulder massacre passed a background check before buying a gun at a local store, the store owner told The Denver Post on Friday.

Details: John Mark Eagleton, owner of Eagles Nest Armory, said the suspect, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, passed the background check required by the state and conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which ultimately cleared him for the purchase.

  • Eagleton did not identify what type of weapon was sold to Alissa, per the Denver Post.
  • Alissa bought a Ruger AR-556 semiautomatic pistol six days before the mass shooting, which killed 10 people.
  • Police removed "a rifle (possible AR-15)" and a "semiautomatic handgun" from the shooting scene.

What they're saying: "Regarding the firearm in question, a background check of the purchaser was conducted as required by Colorado law and approval for the sale was provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. We have and will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement as their investigation continues," Eagleton said, according to the Denver Post.

  • "We are absolutely shocked by what happened and our hearts are broken for the victims and families that are left behind. Ensuring every sale that occurs at our shop is lawful, has always been and will always remain the highest priority for our business."

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Why the Boulder shooting is so difficult for Colorado

Data: Denver Post and Washington Post. Chart: John Frank/Axios

If not in our classrooms, or our movie theaters, or our churches — and now our grocery stores — where can Coloradans feel safe?

The state of play: People around Colorado are grappling with that question and fighting the fear of moving about their daily lives, as the country mourns 10 lives lost in Boulder — the nation’s second mass shooting in one week.

Mar 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Colorado shooting reminds Kelly of Giffords attack

Flowers cover the police cruiser used by Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, one of 10 people to killed during the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado. Photo: Jason Connolly/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Mark Kelly told Axios on Wednesday the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, brought back sad memories of when his wife, Gabby Giffords, was shot in the head outside a supermarket in Arizona.

What they're saying: “Because it was a grocery store, you know, reminded me a lot of what it was like in January 2011," Kelly said. "It's really heartbreaking. This happens all too often in our country. I mean two in a week, 18 people dead."

Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
Mar 25, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Iowa governor considers bill to allow gun purchases without a permit

Guns for sale at a gun store in Iowa in 2016. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds declined to say if she plans on signing a bill that would allow Iowans to buy and carry concealed handguns without a permit.

"We'll do a thorough evaluation as I always have," Reynolds said during her press conference Wednesday.

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