The full gun arsenal of alleged Stoneman Douglas School shooter Nikolas Cruz has been revealed for the first time.
The 19-year-old, who is accused of murdering 17 people in a shooting at the Florida high school reportedly has seven ‘long’ guns which he acquired legally.
Among those is an AK-47-style rifle which he bought less than one month ago, according to Mail Online.
He also was the owner of three other guns which he acquired through illegal means, according to an anonymous law enforcement official.
In order to buy guns in America, the customer must pass background checks to determine they are able to do so, which Cruz himself did.
The suspected shooter was revealed to have bought an AK-47 just last month in Deerfield Beach, Florida, less than one month ago.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Kim Waltuch, owner of Gun World of South Florida, said Cruz has passed all checks for purchase and did nothing to arouse suspicion during the purchase.
He purchased a shotgun and an AK-47. He did purchase a shotgun in 2016 and he purchased the AK in January.
He was not a regular customer of ours. He did purchase firearms from us but it was not the AR-15.
We went through the process of the background checks which is the only way we release a firearm. He was immediately approved.
The AR-15 is the weapon which is thought to have been used in the shooting, and the weapons which Cruz bought from Waltuch’s store are not thought to have been involved in the massacre.
Cruz made his first appearance in court on Monday, and reportedly failed to make eye contact with others in the courtroom.
His lawyers have said he would plead guilty if prosecutors agreed not to push for the death penalty, though that has not been agreed.
Speaking to the Sun-Sentinal, Broward Public Defender, Howard Finkelstein said:
There is only one question: Should this young man live or should he die by execution?
We believe it’s in nobody’s best interest to go through a circus of a trial.
There is no way anyone can minimize the tragedy of what took place.
It’s time to mourn; it’s time to figure out how to prevent future tragedies.
He should spend the rest of his life in prison, but he does not deserve to die.
This kid didn’t have to fall through the cracks. He screamed for help, and we failed him. He should never go free.
Let him plead guilty and send him to prison for life.
Among the tragedy has risen afresh the debate surrounding gun controls in the US, resulting in increasing pressure to enforce some sort of regulation on gun ownership.
One hundred Stoneman Douglas students are expected to urge lawmakers to take steps to prevent another massacre.
The rally is expected to place significant pressure on politicians to introduce laws which would increase regulation on gun ownership in the future.