Media Reports Ohio Killer ‘Likely’ Got Guns Through Private Sales

By Tom Knighton

Thomas Hartless may be the most appropriately named person (phonetically, anyway) we’re likely to encounter for some time. Hartless reportedly killed three people at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville, OH in May of this year.

Now, the media is reporting that Hartless “likely” got his weapons at gun shows, apparently through private sales.

The man responsible for killing three people and then himself at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville in May likely bought the firearms from a private sale.

This allowed him to skip a background check that would have revealed his prior felony conviction, which barred him from purchasing firearms.

The files from the investigation into the May 12 shooting, conducted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, were released to The Advocate earlier this week by the Licking County Prosecutor’s Office.

The file contains an audio recording of an interview done with Harry Hartless, the father of Thomas Hartless, hours after the shooting occurred.

As he is questioned by BCI detectives, Harry Hartless said he did not provide his son with any firearms or ammunition at any time, including during a meeting he had with his son around 2 or 2:30 a.m. on May 12 on the Dunlap Road bridge near Utica.

“He probably bought it at a gun show,” Harry Hartless said of the firearms used in Kirkersville. “That’s where he got every other (gun). He’d go to a gun show if he wanted a gun, if he saw a gun he liked.”

Sounds like a slam dunk for universal background checks, right?

Not really.

You see, Harry Hartless has some issues himself. About a month ago, it was learned that there is a restraining order against him by one of the nurses who survived the attack.

Two nurses, including a woman who was barricaded during the shooting Click to see the original article