Fayette County

Buds Gun Shop co-owner says no guns were part of Lexington company’s sale to San Bernardino shooter

The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that one of the San Bernardino shooters had made an online purchase from Lexington-based Buds Gun Shop.

Buds co-owner Rex McClanahan told the Wall Street Journal that the company had shipped an online order directly to Syed Farook, who with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people and injured 21 others on Wednesday before being killed in a shootout with police.

McClanahan declined to say what Farook purchased but he told the newspaper that it was not a gun.

In addition to guns, Buds sells ammunition, accessories, bows, survival equipment and fishing gear.

Buds posted the following statement on its Facebook page Saturday:

“For those following the media circus around the San Bernardino killings, we did not sell any guns to the suspects. There have been reports that a receipt for guns purchased from Budsgunshop.com was found in the now deceased suspects home. We have no record of any gun sales to either suspect, and any gun sales to any individual located in California would have only been shipped to a Federal Firearms Dealer in California to perform the necessary federal and state firearm transfer requirements. May GOD bless those who have lost friends and family members as well as all those who remain injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that an invoice from Buds was among the items that the Federal Bureau of Investigations listed on an inventory of items it seized from the shooters’ home.

The Times noted a four-page inventory of items that included 13 boxes of 22 caliber ammunition and one bag of 1000 rounds of .223 caliber bullets plus a budsgunshop.com invoice.

The FBI left the inventory list behind at the scene.