June 12th, 2009
03:23 PM ET

A gun so old that it can't be traced

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/06/12/holocaust.survivors.museum.reaction/art.grab.website.jpg caption="The gun used by the alleged Holocaust Museum shooter James von Brunn is too old to be traced, according to sources."]

Carol Cratty

A law enforcement source says it was not possible to trace the rifle used in the Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting to the original purchaser.

The source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, said the weapon is a Winchester Model 6, .22 caliber rifle, and those were manufactured between 1908 and 1928– - long before records were kept on this sort of stuff.

Law enforcement was also checking to see if the weapon had been used in any other crime. No word on any results on that.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Gun Control • Gun Violence
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Big D

    Sounds to me like a suicide mission. Why else would he bring a pop gun to a shoot out?

    June 15, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  2. Northern Friend

    Does it really matter? He got his hands on it, and he fired.

    June 12, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  3. Mike in NYC

    One of our local free sheets described the weapon as a "22 gauge shotgun." I kid you not.

    .22 is a caliber typically used for hunting and target practice. I've said it before and I'll say it again - it's irrelevant to the gun control debate.

    June 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm |