Multiple Denver-area school districts canceled classes on Wednesday after am 18-year-old Miami woman “infatuated” with the 1999 Columbine massacre made ‘credible threats’ and traveled to Colorado where she purchased firearms earlier this week, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.
The woman identified as Sol Pais, 18, (Portuguese translation: Sun Parents) has a history of making “concerning” comments and arrived in Colorado from Miami early on Monday morning and bought a pump action shotgun and ammunition, the FBI said Tuesday evening. The FBI’s Miami office had reportedly alerted its Denver counterpart after learning of the potential threat.
After consulting with the FBI Denver Public Schools, Douglas County School District, 27J Schools, Adams 12 Five Star, Aurora Public Schools, Englewood Schools, Jefferson County Schools and Cherry Creek Schools decided to cancel classes for Wednesday.
Authorities said the 18-year-old was last seen in the foothills of Denver and still remains at large. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are currently leading multiple agencies in a massive manhunt.
While no warrant has been issued for her arrest, the FBI said that district attorneys and the U.S. attorney’s office are still discussing appropriate charges.
The FBI’s Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force issued a notice describing Sol Pais as “infatuated with (the) Columbine school shooting.” The alert said police who come into contact with her should detain her and evaluate her mental health.
More than 20 schools — including Columbine — were put on lockouts on Tuesday, which means classes were conducted as usual, but entry and exits were heavily restricted for three hours.
Authorities said Pais hasn’t singled out a particular school but does have an “infatuation” with Columbine and the Columbine shooters.
The alleged threat comes just days ahead of the massacre’s 20th anniversary.
One thing to note is authorities claim that she purchased a shotgun in Denver with a Florida drivers license, but according to the ATF, gun stores will not sell you a gun with an out of state ID.
According to the ATF:
“Generally, a firearm may not lawfully be sold by a licensee to a nonlicensee who resides in a State other than the State in which the seller’s licensed premises is located. However, the sale may be made if the firearm is shipped to a licensee whose business is in the purchaser’s State of residence and the purchaser takes delivery of the firearm from the licensee in his or her State of residence. In addition, a licensee may sell a rifle or shotgun to a person who is not a resident of the State where the licensee’s business premises is located in an over–the–counter transaction, provided the transaction complies with State law in the State where the licensee is located and in the State where the purchaser resides.
[18 U.S.C. 922(b)(3); 27 CFR 478.99(a)]”
Note that this prohibits “mail order” (non-over-the-counter) sales across state lines. Those must be transferred through a local, in-state FFL dealer. Some states restrict this further. California, for example, requires that ALL transfers of ANY firearm be made through a California FFL dealer. You may purchase from an out-of-state dealer, but the transfer must occur through a California FFL, who is required to verify that the firearm may be sold in California, collect California sales tax, and impose the California 10 day waiting period.
This is a developing story.
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