When Soofi went to purchase his firearm from the Lone Wolf Trading Co., a seven day hold was placed on the purchase. However, for reasons not yet explained, the hold was lifted by federal authorities just one day later!
According to the Los Angeles Times and a Senate letter, the owner of the gun store, Lone Wolf, denied that he sold a 9mm to Nadir Soofi: “Not here.”
What was described in the Times as a “seven-day hold” on the gun purchase transaction was not classified as such. The hold was simply one issued at the point of request for approval on February 24, 2010. Authorities were supposed to revisit the hold on March 2, but later removed the hold just one day after it was placed. The ultimate short duration of the hold was reported.
Senators question what alerted authorities to the purchase to cause the hold — and why the decision was made to lift it. Soofi bought the High Point .380 caliber pistol February 25, the day the hold was lifted.
Additional questions linger over the other firearms Soofi and co-attacker Elton Simpson brought to the scene of the shooting, as well as any pthey kept in their apartment.
A June 1 letter of request from Senator Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch notes: “Very little information has been disclosed about the firearms that Simpson and Soofi used during this attack.”