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Rifles in Calif. shooting legal in state with strict laws

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago December 03, 2015 Dec 3, 2015 Thursday, December 03 2015 December 03, 2015 2:27 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Alicia A. Caldwell

WASHINGTON - The military-style rifles used in the California shootings were legally purchased.

The FBI says authorities recovered two military-style rifles, two handguns and thousands of rounds of ammunition after the siege at a disability services center and a later shootout with police.

The two rifles were not specifically listed among models outlawed under California's tough gun laws. As long as both weapons included a cosmetic change affecting how bullets are loaded, they would have been legal in California.

The FBI says the suspected gunman, Syed Rizwan Farook, legally bought the handguns but someone else bought the rifles. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives earlier said all four guns were legally bought.

Farook and his wife were killed in a shootout with police.

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