As anti-gun advocates raise the call for more gun-control laws, in response to the shooting of Congressman Scalise and three others in Virginia and the UPS shooting in San Francisco, they fail to realize that their efforts were already thwarted by the Virginia shooting gunman. Illinois already has strict gun-control laws with their statewide FOID card system, and yet the gunman legally purchased his guns in Illinois.
Early reports are the rifle used at the Republican congressional baseball practice was an SKS. The Chinese versions of the SKS generally do not have as nice of a stock as the Russian SKS, above. There are also a number of East block SKS rifles on the market. CNN is incorrect when they say that the SKS is an AK variant. It is a copy of the Russian SKS, not the Russian AK or the Chinese AK.
Several sources are saying the Hodgkinson had an Firearms Owner Identification Card (FOID). That seems to be correct. Others are saying that he had a concealed carry permit. That may be, but has not been verified as of yet.
The 9mm pistol has not been identified. Reported by CNN:
Traces are still being done on the two firearms recovered at the scene — an SKS rifle 7.62 (which is a Chinese-made AK variant) and a 9 mm pistol, a law enforcement source tells CNN…
The shooter had legally purchased at least three of his guns from a local gun dealer in Illinois. Additionally, he had a legal concealed carry permit, as reported by the most liberal, anti-gun media outlet in the nation, CNN. If true, then this shooting helps to prove that strict gun control laws do NOT prevent such shootings and violence. With people committed to carrying out their acts of violence, if there is a will, they will find a way, legal or not.