The legislation allows police or courts to seize guns from people who show warning signs of violence. The FBI said it investigated a complaint against Hole previous year and did not find he had a racially motivated ideology at the time. Police have yet to determine a motive for the slaughter. It's unclear if a judge ever ruled on a red flag case against Hole or if prosecutors even presented a case, The Times reported.
"This individual was taken and treated by medical professionals and he was cut loose", and was not even prescribed any medication, Mears said.
Mears said that moving forward with the red flag process was risky because if prosecutors lost, they would have had to return the firearm to Hole. "That's not something we were willing to do".
The shotgun was never returned to Hole, police have said. Hole, 19, was found dead inside the building from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. He immediately began shooting at random and the rampage lasted only a few minutes, officials said last week. One was a Ruger AR-556 Hole purchased in September. At least four of the victims were members of the Sikh community.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms determined that Hole purchased the guns legally through authorized dealers, according to a police news release that did not name the dealers.More news: Australia-New Zealand travel bubble off to fast, emotional start
Authorities say Hole, a former FedEx employee, killed four people in the parking lot of the facility on Thursday night and another four inside before killing himself.
If Hole had a court hearing and prevailed, state law indicates the shotgun would have been returned to him.
A body is taken from the scene where multiple people were shot at a FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis (AP)"In March 2020, the suspect's mother contacted law enforcement to report he might try to commit "suicide by cop". Agents at the time found no evidence of a crime or a racially motivated ideology, Keenan said.
Those 2019 changes to the law made it a misdemeanor for a person deemed unsafe to buy or possess a gun and a felony offense for anyone to give or sell a gun to a risky person.
Young questioned whether Indiana's red flag laws "were actually enforced" to prevent the shooting. He said there isn't time to force an immediate debate because the 2021 legislative session is slated to end later this week.More news: Premiers Being Asked To Provide COVID Support To Ontario
The law is meant to prevent people from purchasing or possessing a firearm if they are found by a judge to present "an imminent risk" to themselves or others.
However, had prosecutors won their case, Mears might have been prevented from purchasing further weapons.
"Indiana should be doing more to address these loopholes", Helmke said. It became one of the first states to enact such a law after an Indianapolis police officer was killed by a man whose weapons had to be returned despite hospitalisation months earlier for an emergency mental health evaluation.
Dhaliwal also called for roughly two dozen fast-tracked visas from the United States and Indian governments to allow relatives to travel for funeral ceremonies that will take place in the next two weeks, he said.More news: 3 dead in active shooter incident in Texas, suspect at large