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Dutch Mall Shooter Should Not Have Had Gun Permit

Associated Press

11 July 2011

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A gunman who shot and killed six people in a shopping mall before committing suicide should not have been granted a permit for the three weapons he used, police and prosecutors said…

24-year-old Tristan van der Vlis, was a gun-obsessed paranoid schizophrenic…

Police say Van der Vlis used a semiautomatic rifle, a pistol and a revolver in his three-minute rampage and that he had a permit for all the weapons…

Van der Vlis had been involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Police were involved in the hospitalization in 2006, but nobody mentioned it when Van der Vlis' gun permit application was being assessed.

Van der Vlis… had fitted a laser sight to his Smith & Wesson semiautomatic rifle.

When he had fired all his rounds from the rifle, he discarded it and began shooting with a Taurus .44 pistol. He then dumped that gun and grabbed his Colt .45 revolver, which he used to shoot himself dead…

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