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Police: Illinois gunman lied about Mississippi conviction to get firearm card

Gary Martin | Photo: MGN Online

Illinois police have uncovered more information about Gary Martin's criminal history.

Posted: Feb. 19, 2019 2:20 PM

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say a man who fatally shot five people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse lied about his criminal history in 2014 to obtain a card from the agency that allowed him to purchase a handgun.

State police say 45-year-old Gary Martin answered "no" to a question on his January 2014 application for a Firearm Owner's Identification card about whether he'd ever been convicted of a felony.

Police said Monday that a records search "revealed no prohibiting factors" in Martin's Illinois criminal history. His card was approved on Jan. 31, 2014. He then purchased a handgun in March 2014 after clearing another background check.

Police said they later discovered that Martin had a felony conviction in Mississippi after his fingerprints revealed an FBI record when he applied for a concealed carry license later in March 2014.

Martin died in a shootout with police Friday after he killed five co-workers and wounded six other people.

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