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Aurora shooter lied on his gun license application

AURORA – The man responsible for killing five of his co-workers at Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora on Friday lied on his gun license application in order to obtain a gun, according to Illinois State Police.

Gary Martin, 45, of Aurora, applied for a Firearm Owner's Identification card in January 2014.

"On his application, Martin answered 'no' to the question, 'Have you ever been convicted of a felony?' ” Illinois State Police officials stated in a news release on Monday. "The search of records conducted by FOID staff only produced Martin’s Illinois criminal history information, which revealed no prohibiting factors."

His FOID card was revoked after he applied for a Firearm Concealed Carry License application in March 2014. Those applying for a concealed carry license may choose to submit fingerprints as part of their application, which he did.

"A fingerprint background check produced an FBI number," the release said. "The FBI number ultimately led FCCL staff to a Mississippi Department of Corrections entry noting a charge of aggravated assault."

Martin pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and sentenced to 10 years in prison and a requirement to undergo psychological screening. He was released from custody in April 1997.

"Once an individual’s FOID is revoked, Illinois law requires a revoked FOID card holder to surrender their FOID card and complete a Firearm Disposition Record within 48 hours of receiving notice of the revocation," according to Illinois State Police officials. "The Firearm Disposition Record would document the name, address and FOID number of the individual receiving any transferred weapons from the revoked FOID card holder."

A revoked FOID card holder can lawfully transfer their weapon to a valid FOID card holder or to the local law enforcement agency in the area in which the revoked FOID cardholder lives. The Illinois State Police has no record of receiving a Firearm Disposition Record for Martin or his FOID card.

"However a review of paper and electronic files continues," officials said in the release.

If a revoked FOID card holder doesn't comply, the county sheriff or law enforcement agency where the individual lives can petition the court to issue a search warrant for the FOID card and any firearms in their possession. But Illinois law does not require them to do so, according to officials.

Last year, the Illinois State Police issued 10,818 revocations to FOID card holders in 2018.

"The department is reviewing its records to determine how many outstanding Firearm Disposition Records remain for 2018," officials said in the release.

The Illinois State Police is also examining Illinois, Mississippi, and FBI records and systems to determine how Martin’s Mississippi conviction was discovered after his fingerprint response was returned for his Firearm Concealed Carry License application.

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