It looks like law enforcement was on the ball. The dad needs to be prosecuted.
A suspect with mental health issues who allegedly killed four people in a Tennessee fast-food outlet on Sunday had been previously stripped of his right to own firearms and left a trail of red flags.
Questions are being asked about how Travis Reinking, 29, was apparently able to get his hands on the weapons.
Police said the AR-15 rifle he allegedly used in the attack at a Waffle House in a Nashville suburb had been confiscated from him just last year.
Secret Service officers detained him in July 2017 and charged him with unlawful entry after he crossed a security barrier.
He told Secret Service agents he “was a sovereign citizen and has a right to inspect the grounds” and that he wanted to meet President Donald Trump, according to a police report.
Following that arrest, authorities revoked Mr Reinking’s Firearm Owners’ Identification card.
They also confiscated four legally owned guns, including the AR-15 that was used in the Waffle House attack, police said on Sunday.
But authorities said the guns were returned to the suspect’s father, Jeffrey Reinking, after he asked to keep them.
Sheriff Robert Huston in Tazewell County, Illinois, told a news conference on Sunday the father had promised he would “keep the weapons secure and out of the possession of Travis”.
It was unclear how Travis Reinking apparently reclaimed the guns, said Sheriff Huston.
But Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said Jeffrey Reinking “has now acknowledged giving them back”.