Officials: Orlando Terrorist Used Sig Sauer MCX Rifle, Not an AR-15
The terrorist who murdered 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando last weekend used a Sig Sauer MCX rifle, not an AR-15, Steve Harrigan reported this afternoon.
Harrigan described the Sig Sauer MCX as a lightweight, powerful rifle that weighs six pounds and was originally designed for use by Special Forces.
Mateen purchased the Sig Sauer .223 caliber rifle legally at a Florida gun shop, St. Lucie Gun Sales, on June 4. He purchased a Glock 17 handgun the next day, passing background checks both times.
The maker of the Sig Sauer firearm says an experienced shooter can fire up to 45 rounds in a minute with the rifle. Police believe Mateen used the Sig Sauer to do most of the killing.
The AR-15 rifle is often brought up by gun control supporters who want to see sales to civilians prohibited by Congress as part of a larger assault weapons ban.
On Capitol Hill today, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) started a talking filibuster in an effort to get Republicans to consider legislation on expanded background checks and ensuring those on terror watch lists cannot buy guns.