UVALDE, Texas — Texas State Senator for District 19 Roland Gutierrez told The New York Times that law enforcement tipped him off that the Oasis Outback was where the killer Uvalde had purchased the weapons that would kill 19 4th graders and two teachers.
The store has a history of selling ammunition to smugglers according to a press release 2011 US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Fred Farhat pleaded guilty to helping to smuggle 10,000 .223 and 5.56x45mm cartridges into Mexico.
According to court records, on March 31, 2009, Farhat worked with Noemi Carreon-Gonzalez, 34, of Eagle Pass and her husband, Ivan Ramos-Gonzalez, to purchase the ammunition from Oasis Outback LLC in Uvalde.
There were three separate transactions in three hours, Farhat paid Uvalde’s business owner nearly $6,000 in cash.
According to court records, the ammunition was transported to his company, Farhat’s Boots and Jeans in Eagle Pass, Texas, reconditioned and sent to Mexico.
After Tuesday’s school shootings, common sense gun control laws have been the subject of debate.
Texas State District 19 Senator Roland Gutierrez interrupted Gov. Greg Abbott during a press conference on Friday.
“We asked for gun control changes, now I’m asking you to bring us back in three weeks,” Gutierrez said.
Roland Gutierrez, who is a Democrat and serves Uvalde, said he was not invited to the press conference.
He told reporters that Abbott was out of touch.
“What happened here is not fair,” Gutierrez said.
Governor Greg Abbott blamed mental health.
“Those Republicans who are in power in Texas are still listening to the NRA,” Gutierrez said.
It remains unclear whether the governor will bring Texas lawmakers back.