I believe it was the Michael Bloomberg sponsored group "Everytown for Gun Safety" that recently said that if it weren't for our country's lax gun laws that this individual wouldn't have been able to buy this gun so easily. It's been my experience that buying a gun in California requires paperwork that falls somewhere between refinancing a house and financing a car for the law-abiding citizen. I would imagine the same goes for the law abiding gun purchaser in New York as well as in Maryland were this individual was from. You don't have to go through all that hassle when you're a criminal who steals from the law abiding, do you?. Isn't THAT ironical????