SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC4 News) – After a standoff in South Salt Lake Wednesday night, we wanted to learn more about how someone becomes a “restricted person” — and how that person still gets guns.
“If you are a restricted person, you are prohibited from possessing or owning a firearm or dangerous weapon,” said attorney Jason Schatz.
James McCormick was the suspect in a standoff Wednesday night. Last January, he was charged with six counts of Purchase, Transfer, Possession or Use of a Firearm by Restricted Person.
“There’s four categories, I would say, that make somebody a restricted person,” said Schatz.
“That’s either somebody who has been convicted of a domestic assault, somebody who’s got a prior felony conviction, somebody who is in the country illegally or somebody who is either a user or possessor of an illegal controlled substance.”
How does somebody get a gun if they’re restricted?
“They’re probably buying them off the street. They’re stolen, they’re not the kind of person who is going to go into Sportsman’s Warehouse and purchase a firearm,” said Schatz.