Just over four months ago, the dreadful Las Vegas shooting took place. A 64-year-old man, thought by some – though nobody knows, with certainty – to be mentally unstable, shot and injured 422 innocent concert-goers and killed 59 others between 10:05 and 10:15 p.m., Pacific Time.
The October 1, 2017 attack featured thousands of rounds of ammunition, and ignited a debate on the legality of bump stocks, long rifle attachments that allow semi-automatic guns to be fired at near-automatic speed.
Federal authorities have arrested a Mr. Douglas Haig in connection with the shooting. Although Haig had no direct involvement in any malicious activity, he did, in fact, illegally provide ammunition to the 64-year-old shooter just days before the saddening attack.
What Exactly Did Douglas Haig Do?
For the sake of clarity, it’s important to note that Douglas Haig had no involvement in the shooting, its planning, or anything associated with them. Mr. Haig was arrested Friday, February 2nd, for manufacturing and distributing bullets able to pierce armor, both charges of which were not complicit with federal law.
Douglas Haig manufactured tracer rounds, rifle ammunition that emits bright light when fired, and sold 720 of them to the Las Vegas shooter.
Although Haig has publicly admitted he sold such ammunition to the perpetrator, none of the rounds were fired. Even though Haig sold such rounds, they didn’t have any impact on the October 1, 2017 mass shooting event.
What Did Douglas Haig Do That Was Illegal?
Douglas Haig did not have a license to manufacture armor-piercing firearm rounds, nor has he ever maintained such a license. Although he’s well-educated and works as an aerospace engineer, United States federal law dictates manufacturers of such ammunition – commonly referred to as “tracer rounds” in informal conversation – must train and apply for relevant licensure.
The maximum penalties Haig could face are a $250,000 fine and five years in federal prison.
The name of the shooter can be found elsewhere online. However, one of the factors that potentially pushes mass shooters towards engaging in such crimes is openly reporting their identities in news media. In hopes of reducing incidence of mass shooting – and this may not be the primary factor behind such killing sprees in the United States, where they’re far more prevalent than anywhere else in the world – please do not circulate the Las Vegas shooter’s name, image, or other identifying information.