Texas Rep. John Carter is praising the gun dealer who sold an AWOL soldier firearms for his part in preventing another attack on Fort Hood.
"Thanks to quick action by a Texas gun dealer in alerting local police to a suspicious character," Carter says in a news release, "we may well have averted a repeat of the tragic 2009 radical Islamic terror attack on our nation's largest military installation."
Carter, a Republican, says initial information shows a dealer at the store Guns Galore called Kileen police after a "suspicious male" bought a semi-automatic magazine, shotgun ammunition and gunpowder. Guns Galore also sold alleged shooter Major Nidal Hasan supplies ahead of the November 5, 2009 attack on Ft. Hood where more than a dozen were killed.
"We now have an example of what works to prevent these type attacks," Carter, a former judge, said. "[A]s the coming days reveal more details about this attempt, we can determine better ways to thwart similar efforts in the future."