A Las Vegas gun shop has received hate mail and threats after it became public it sold firearms to the man who shot and killed 58 people and injured almost 500 others from the Mandalay Bay Casino Sunday night.
The president of New Frontier Armory, David M. Famiglietti, posted a letter to Facebook Tuesday, sending condolences to the victims’ families and explaining how the shop has been cooperating with the various law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation.
He also stated the store had followed all regulations when selling firearms to Stephen Paddock, the man responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, and that the necessary background checks were conducted.
“My entire staff takes their job very seriously and if there were any ‘red flags’ during this transaction, like any other, it would have been halted immediately,” Famiglietti said. “The firearms that he purchased did not leave our store capable of what we’ve seen and heard in the video without modification. They were not fully automatic firearms, nor were they modified in any way (legally or illegally) when they were purchased from us.”
Famiglietti went on to say that since it was made public New Frontier Armory was one of the stores that sold firearms to Paddock, he and his employees had been receiving threatening phone calls, hate mail, and other threats. People have also been leaving fake negative reviews on the company’s various online platforms.
“Even though to us this is not important at the moment, we ask that people funnel their anger where it belongs instead of threatening and hurting others,” Famiglietti said.
“We obviously did not sell him these firearms with the intent that he would use them to hurt anyone in anyway if it does end up that he used these specific firearms in this horrific crime,” he continued. “It’s no different than blaming Mandalay Bay for booking his hotel room, The State of Nevada DPS or the FBI for giving us the authority to transfer the weapon–it obviously wasn’t done with malicious intent.”
Famiglietti also said that he would try to answer any further questions people had but that his employees would not be answering questions or issuing statements.