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A federal hunting exemption allowed the Pensacola to obtain a firearm

With a valid hunting license, foreign nationals can purchase a gun and ammo. The FBI issued a warning 6 months ago.

Lost initially in the scramble after the Pensacola Naval Air Base shooting was how exactly a Saudi citizen was able to purchase a firearm. It should be known by everyone, or at least deduced, that if an individual is not a citizen of the United States, they are prohibited from buying any type of firearm.

However, the FBI apparently issued a warning that foreign nationals would be able to exploit a loophole in federal law and obtain a weapon. As the FBI stated in May of this year:

Extremists and other criminal actors could exploit the federal statutory exception that allows non-immigrant visa holders who normally can’t buy firearms or ammunition to legally purchase them with a valid hunting license or permit.

In simple terms, a foreign national could obtain a hunting license and with that license, purchase a firearm and ammunition.

The FBI confirmed that this is the exact exemption that the shooter in Pensacola used.

Jana Winter and Hunter Walker at Yahoo! News contacted several gun dealers in the Pensacola area and found that some had not received the notice the FBI released regarding the hunting exemption. This is concerning. If the FBI was worried about extremists and radicals obtaining a weapon through this exemption, they should have made an extra effort to ensure that firearms dealers were made aware of the danger.

Going forward, there should be no time wasted in closing this loophole. If this shooter can exploit it, there may be others who have done or will do the same in the future.

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