So, the guy was an ex-con who had no trouble getting a gun. Do you think he would have gotten it from another criminal, or would he just as easily have been able to buy it from a lawful gun owner in a private sale? In this case we're talking about a long gun anyway, so it's probably even easier. What do you think?
OLEAN—An Allegany man was charged Wednesday with a murder that occurred Tuesday.
Martez T. Johnson, 33, of North Fourth Street, is accused of killing James A. Williams, 27, in Williams’ apartment on South Second Street.
Police said that Johnson shot Williams twice with a long gun. State police divers recovered what is believed to be the murder weapon at about 2 p. m. Wednesday from the Allegany River at Allegany.
Johnson has served two prison terms, dating back to 2004, for criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance, both convictions in Erie County.
Should the previous owners of the guns illegally owned by Mr. Johnson bear some of the weight of his crimes? Isn't that why they have laws against knowingly selling guns to a felon?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.