Want to buy an assault rifle in Florida? No problem

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Buying an assault rifle like the one used to kill 49 people at an Orlando nightclub isn’t too difficult.

You have to be at least 18, a legal resident of the United States and you have to pass a background check.

Among issues that disqualify a sale are felony convictions, documented mental health issues, multiple DUIs, drug convictions or a history of domestic violence.

Omar Mateen was a concealed weapons permit holder who legally bought the AR-15 he used in the nightclub shootings.

Florida does have a three-day waiting period for handgun sales and buyers have to be 21 or over, but rifles can be sold immediately.

Still, the former head of the law enforcement agency that conducts the background checks says Florida is better than most states at regulating sales.

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