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Colo. shooting suspect scouted weapons at local pawn shop

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/ AP) – The owner of a San Diego pawn shop says he remembers the suspected gunman in the Colorado movie theater shooting visiting his store to ask about weapons.

David Casper, the owner of Hillcrest Pawn Brokers, says he has no record of 24-year-old James Holmes buying any guns from his store, but he does recall the suspected mass murderer coming into the shop more than once over the last six months to a year.

"I, and a couple of the employees, recognized him immediately," Casper said. "He has been in the shop and we know that he has looked at firearms in the shop."

Casper says in the state of California there is a ten day wait on firearms. It requires a customer to fill out paperwork and submit to a background check before a purchase.

Holmes' only prior record with the police was for a speeding ticket in 2007. Casper says that clean record would not have triggered any red flags for retailers running a background check.

"There's no way to tell if somebody's mentally ill unless he's analyzed by a professional," Casper said.

"My reaction as a firearms dealer is first sadness for the families. But my worry is that there are literally thousands of gun laws on the books already and they're not protecting the people as it is. I think it would be ignorant for them to think that more gun laws will protect them further."

Authorities say the four weapons recovered after the shooting rampage were purchased by Holmes from retail gun stores in Colorado in the last two months.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said nearly 7,000 rounds and multiple magazines for those weapons also were purchased online.  He said all of the weapons and ammunition were possessed legally.

A federal law enforcement officer said Holmes bought a Glock pistol on May 22 at Gander Mountain in Aurora. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe into the shootings is ongoing.

Gander Mountain said it is "fully cooperating" with the investigation.

A Missouri online seller of tactical police gear told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it sold more than $300 of equipment to Holmes on July 2.

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