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article imageRifle used by America's first mass shooter is now for sale

By Alex Allen     Sep 25, 2014 in Crime
One of the firearms used by Charles Whitman in his infamous 1966 shootings at the University of Texas is now up for sale. The price, however, might surprise you.
Have you ever wanted to own a firearm used in an actual crime? Now might be your chance! According to a report on, a seller on a Texas gun trading website claims to have the rifle used by active shooter Charles Whitman in his infamous 1966 shootings at the University of Texas. The post on Texas Gun Trader reads, "Once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase the UT Austin Sniper Rifle once owned and used by Charles Whitman during the UT sniper shootings in 1966."
This piece of history won't come cheap, though. The seller is asking $25,000 as a starting bid for the gun but he claims documentation will be provided to the purchaser, proving the firearm's authenticity. The gun is a bolt action Remington model 700 ADL in 6mm and has a Leupold scope.
Charles Whitman, who killed 16 people and wounded 32 others at the University of Texas on August 1st, 1966, is reportedly America's first "active shooter." He fired randomly from the 28th floor of the observation deck of the school's main building and was later shot and killed by police officers.
Ironically, news of this infamous firearm being for sale comes at the same time many people are questioning the missing numbers from the FBI's recently released 2012 crime statistics report. As many have pointed out, the report appears to leave off the murder statistics from the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, during which shooter Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults.
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