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NRA: FBI should delay gun sales to terror suspects

Omar Mateen was placed on a terror watchlist - but that wouldn't have stopped him buying guns Credit: Reuters

The National Rifle Association has said that new laws should be brought in to prevent people on terror watchlists being able to buy guns over the counter.

The pro-gun lobby made a statement after it emerged that Orlando killer Omar Mateen had twice been investigated by the FBI for possible terror connections - but that fact would not have prevented him from buying deadly weapons.

The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period.

Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing.

– NRA statement

The NRA said that extra protections should also be put in place "that allow law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a watchlist to be removed".

Two arrested after leaving Orlando tributes in Moscow

The two men were held by police after placing tributes to those killed in Orlando Credit: TV Rain

Two people have been arrested in Russia after laying a "love wins" sign at a memorial to the victims of the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando.

The two men drew the anger of a policeman after apparently placing the sign - which has been widely used to celebrate LGBT rights - at a memorial site near to the US Embassy in central Moscow.

They were escorted into a police car as watching news cameras captured the confrontation.

The policeman picked up the sign before detaining the men Credit: TV Rain

It is not clear whether the men have been charged with any offence.

The conflict comes amid a climate of growing hostility towards LGBT people in Russia. Homophobic attacks are on the rise and parliament has passed a number of laws targeting gay people in recent years, including a bar on "gay propaganda" in public.


Father of Orlando killer blames nightclub over deaths

Seddique Mateen said he was also a victim of his son's rampage Credit: RTV

The father of the Orlando gunman has suggested that the LGBT club targeted in the attack could be to partially to blame for failing to organise tight enough security.

Seddique Mateen said that more guards might have stopped his son Omar from carrying out his rampage with an assault weapon capable of killing dozens within seconds.

"Maybe they had some kind of sloppy security," he told a rambling news conference this afternoon.

If they had tight security they would have eliminated my son - that would have been good, we wouldn't have this nightmare and these losses for the families.

– Seddique Mateen

Mr Mateen also insisted that he was also "a victim of terrorism" as his son was among the dead after the attack on Pulse nightclub.

"This is the nightmare for a father or mother," he said.

Gunman's ex-wife: No surprise if he had 'double life'

Sitora Yusufiy said Mateen abused her physically and mentally while they were married.

The ex-wife of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen has said she did not know if he was gay - but would not be surprised if he had been leading a secret double life.

In an interview with CNN Sitora Yusufiy said she knew Mateen would visit gay nightclubs.

Asked if she thought he was gay, she replied: "He enjoyed going to nightclubs, there were lots of pictures of him.

"I feel like like it was a side of him but he didn't want everybody to know about it.

"I don't know if he was gay. He never made any indication when we were together of that. But he did feel very strongly about homosexuals."


Couple killed in Orlando shooting to be buried together

Christopher and Juan were 'soul mates' their families said. Credit: Instagram

A couple who planned to marry before they were both killed in the Orlando shooting will be buried together.

Christopher Leinonen was at Pulse nightclub with his boyfriend of two years Juan Ramon Guerrero where the attack happened.

Their families have said they will now have a joint funeral service for them.

Juan's sister Aryam Guerrero told TIME magazine: "They were honestly so in love. They were soul mates. It's a little comforting that they died together."

Juan's family added his 23rd birthday is a few days and they still planned to celebrate it.

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