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Gun Activists Rally Behind Florida Gun Shop Owner Who ‘Schooled’ Media on Laws


Ck201kWWEAA8tX0.jpg-largeGun activists came out in defense of the Florida gun shop owner who sold the two weapons that Omar Mateen used in a deadly terrorist attack that killed 49 people at an Orlando night club. Ed Henson, a retired NYPD officer, seemed very well versed in Florida laws surrounding guns and other weapons. Henson says he ‘vaguely’ remembered Mateen going into the shop. He also says he followed all laws and that “I’m not going to be made into a villain.”

Many people including gun rights activists, who watched the press conference which aired live, commented on how well the gun shop owner handled the barrage of critical questions lodged at him by the media.

It is unclear how long the support will stay in favor of the gun shop owner. The NY Daily News just published a scathing report detailing some of his rather controversial social media posts. The newspaper reports Henson posted to Facebook an image reading “In the name of freedom: F–k Islam, F–k Allah. F–k Muhammad. F–k the Koran. F–k people who support terrorism.” He also wrote next to a picture of Obama, “He should be handcuffed, removed from Office and charged with Treason and then publicly executed!”

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Rachel Stockman is Editor in Chief of Law&Crime and The Law&Crime Network. She is a former local news reporter, and was named Atlanta Press Club's 'Rising Star' in 2014. Rachel graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and Yale Law School.