Feds Charge Man Who Allegedly Bought Rifle For Dayton Gunman

(Breitbart) – Federal authorities arrested 24-year-old Ethan Kollie after he allegedly purchased the rifle the Dayton, Ohio, shooter used in his August 3 attack.

WHIO reported that Kollie allegedly purchased the parts for the rifle and then helped the Dayton gunman assemble them. Kollie then allegedly hid the firearms and accessories for the Dayton gunman.

FBI said that at this point there is no proof that Kollie knew the Dayton gunman was planning an attack.

FBI and ATF agents allegedly found accessories for smoking marijuana in Kollie’s house, leading to charges for checking “no” to drug use on federal background check Form 4473. The complaint against Kollie states, “When asked why he lied, Kollie stated he knew that if he told the truth about his drug use, he would not be allowed to purchase a firearm, so he lied and answered ‘no.”

The Associated Press reports police indicate there was nothing in the gunman’s history that would have prevented him from buying the gun and accessories on his own. Kollie allegedly purchased them and hid them in order to keep the gunman’s parents from discovering them.

Flashback: FBI Can’t Unlock Dayton Shooter’s Phone

The FBI is unable to access Connor Betts’s mobile phone, according to a Thursday-published report at the Hill citing “two sources.”

It may take months or years to access data on Betts’s phone if the murderer used a PIN between six and eight digits, according to FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich. Bowdich reportedly informed House Democrats via conference call on Wednesday that the FBI “can’t unlock” Betts’s phone, adding, “We don’t know when we are going to get into the phone.”

The FBI was able to unlock a Samsung phone belonging to Betts, but the gunman owned more than one device, according to a CBS News report citing a “Senate Democratic source.”

Following 2015’s Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino, the FBI sought to compel Apple to assist in accessing information on the slain mass murderer Syed Farook’s iPhone. Apple refused the FBI’s request and appealed a subsequent court order to that end.

The FBI later hacked into Farook’s iPhone.

Breitbart News’s John Hayward described the conflict between the federal government and Apple — and the broader technology industry — as the “Encryption Wars.”

Featured image credit: Montgomery County Jail

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