Gun Activists Support Store That Armed Orlando Shooter

| by Michael Allen

Ed Henson, the owner of the gun store where Omar Mateen bought the two weapons used to kill 49 people in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, held a press conference on June 13.

Mateen bought an AR-15 rifle and a handgun at the St. Lucie Shooting Center, ATF Agent Sal van Susteren told the New York Daily News.

Henson, a former NYPD officer, said during his press conference: "An evil person came in here and legally purchased two firearms from us. And if he hadn't purchased them from us, I am sure he would have gotten them from another local gun store in the area."

Henson added: "This man held multiple security licenses. He had an armed and unarmed license. He passed the background check that every single person that purchases a firearm in the state of Florida undergoes."

Henson refused to describe any personal contact that he or his staff had with the Orlando shooter.

"He’s a nobody," Henson told the Orlando Sentinel. "He’s a customer. He came and purchased his guns and he left. We do a large business." notes that several pro-gun users on Twitter praised Henson:

"The owner of the Gun Shop where the #Orlando shooter bought his guns was well spoken as he trashed MSM misinformation."

"Port St Lucie gun shop owner gave a great press conference. Hope the MEDIA reports honestly."

"I'd strongly suggest to #PR people who represent small business owners to look at the press conference by the gun shop owner. Well done."

The New York Daily News reports that Henson posted an anti-Muslim image on Facebook in December 2015 that read: "In the name of freedom: F--k Islam, F--k Allah. F--k Muhammad. F--k the Koran. F--k people who support terrorism."

According to the newspaper, Henson posted a picture of President Barack Obama on Facebook in November 2015 and wrote: "He should be handcuffed, removed from Office and charged with Treason and then publicly executed! How can the American People and military stand by and do nothing while this piece of s--t puts everyone of us in danger."

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