LORTON, Va. (WUSA) - Virginia is a state with few guns laws. Gun owners do not need to register their firearms and can have as many as they want.
The AR 15 semiautomatic rifle, like the one used in the Aurora mass shooting, can be easily purchased. So can the other weapons that Aurora police says suspect James Holmes used: a semi automatic handgun and a shotgun.
"This was a guy in just two months, apparently, he put together an arsenal full body armor, thousands of rounds of ammunition. Semi automatic weapons, and no one was the wiser because our gun laws make it so easy," said Daniel Vice, Senior Attorney with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Vice says it's time for our elected officials to come up with solutions to prevent gun violence.
The fact that Holmes had purchased more than 6000 rounds of ammunition over the internet has ignited calls for limits on those purchases. But gun owners practicing their shooting at the Sharp Shooters Small Arms Range in Lorton, Virginia say they don't consider 6,000 rounds of ammunition an amount to set off alarms. Some owners say they could use that much in a month.
Every gun owners we spoke with disagreed with limiting gun or ammunition purchases.
"If you change the law to prevent everyone from buying weapons and ammunition, the good people will be the only ones without them. The criminals will always buy weapons," said Terence Davenport, a concealed permit holder who says he's been around weapons his whole life.
"It's not the firearm; it's the person who handles it. What is the solution to taking mentally imbalanced people off the street?" asked former Sheriff's Deputy Frank Krogmann.
By Peggy Fox, 9News Now and WUSA9.com