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Accused Alabama church shooter was gun vendor, had run afoul of ATF: report


The madman who allegedly fatally shot three individuals at an Alabama church was a federally licensed gun vendor who allegedly did not hold a report of a weapon he’d offered, working afoul of authorities, a brand new report mentioned.

Robert Findlay Smith, 70, of Birmingham, was sitting by himself at a potluck supper at Stephen’s Episcopal Church when he suddenly whipped out a handgun opened fire on three elderly attendees.

He was solely stopped after one other churchgoer hit him with a chair, pushed him to the bottom and acquired the weapon.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had given Smith a warning letter in February 2018 after an “on web site” compliance investigation at his Sicard Hollow Road residence, AL.com reported, citing a joint investigation by The Trace and USA Today into how the ATF screens gun sellers and producers.

Smith, who did enterprise as “Original Magazine 2,” earned the warning after failing to report the sale or disposition of a firearm in seven days.

The 70-year-old was a gun vendor who had reportedly gotten into hassle for not recording gun gross sales.
Jefferson County Jail/AP

And whereas there have been 86 weapons readily available, the investigation by the 2 retailers discovered ATF information which mentioned Smith’s stock confirmed 97 firearms and that he had “did not report the disposition of … [the] firearms.”

No one on the church appeared to know Smith, and the motive is unclear for the Thursday killings of Walter Rainey, 84, Sarah Yeager, 75, and Jane Pounds, 84, who died of her accidents the following day.

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