Attempted Car Bomb Suspect Bought Gun in Shelton: Sources - NBC Connecticut

Attempted Car Bomb Suspect Bought Gun in Shelton: Sources



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    Federal officers keep watch in front of Manhattan federal court where Faisal Shahzad, 30, is expected to be charged May 4, 2010 in the Times Square car bomb plot in New York City. Shahzad was taken into custody last night while trying to fly out of the country from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

    The gun police found in the SUV Faisal Shahzad is accused of turning into a bomb came from Connecticut, according to New York's police commissioner.

    Shahzad, the suspect in the attempted car bomb in Times Square, took the gun with him when he drove to the airport to board a flight to Dubai, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said during a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

    Sources say Shahzad bought a long gun in Connecticut in March at Valley Fire Arms in Shelton. 

    No permit is required for a long gun, sources said. Anyone can buy one as long as they have photo ID, but there is a mandatory 14-day waiting period, during which the gun shop retains hold of the gun while a background check is done. 

    To conduct the check, the gun shop provides the name of the purchaser to the state, which then conducts the background checks.

    Kelly and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that they support legislation to make it more difficult for suspected terrorists to buy guns..