The Daesh terrorist group (ISIL) has urged its sympathizers to purchase and stockpile weapons in the United States, by taking advantage of the country’s lax gun laws.
“With approximately 5,000 gun shows taking place annually within the United States, the acquisition of firearms becomes a very easy matter,” the group’s propaganda magazine Rumiyah said in an article on Friday.
“In most US states, anything from a single-shot shotgun all the way up to a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle can be purchased at showrooms or through online sales — by way of private dealers — with no background checks, and without requiring either an ID or a gun license,” it said.
“If one does not possess any direct or informal contact with any gun dealers, he should abstain from randomly asking people whom they consider ‘trustworthy’ for help in acquiring them,” it added.
The article also called on adherents of the Takfiri group to take and kill hostages in enclosed locations and cites, referring to the 2016 massacre in an Orlando nightclub in which 49 people were killed.
The US federal rules inhibit the sale of firearms by licensed dealers by requiring background check on buyers. However, private sellers, often attending conventions, are not subject to that law and can sell to other individuals within their state without proper documentations.
In 2011, an al-Qaeda spokesman made a video talking about the accessibility of guns in the United States.