Authorities say Shahzad bought legal gun

New York Police commissioner claims alleged Times Square bomber purchased a firearm in Connecticut

Published May 5, 2010 9:15PM (EDT)

Police say the Times Square bomb suspect had passed a criminal background check and legally bought a gun from a dealer about two months ago in his former hometown in Connecticut.

Shelton Chief Joel Hurliman says the owner of Valley Firearms confirmed Faisal Shahzad (FY'-sul shah-ZAHD') bought a Kel-Tech rifle and passed a 14-day waiting period for the background check. The shop owner declined to comment when contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says Shahzad drove to New York's Kennedy Airport with a gun bought in Connecticut two months ago.

Investigators have said a gun was discovered in the car Shahzad left there. He was hauled off a Dubai-bound plane Monday night after being allowed to board despite being under surveillance and on the federal no-fly list.

By John Christoffersen

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