Meanwhile, authorities in Manila say the FBI is preparing to interview Stephen Paddock’s partner, Marilou Danley, after Paddock wired $100,000 to her account in the Philippines last week. Danley returned to the U.S. on Tuesday, and though authorities don’t believe she was involved in the shooting, she’s being treated as a “person of interest” in the case. This comes as the L.A. Times reports that workers at a Starbucks at a casino in Mesquite, Nevada, saw Stephen Paddock verbally abuse Danley on multiple occasions. In one incident, Paddock scolded Danley over a coffee purchase, saying, “I’m paying for your drink, just like I’m paying for you.” Although Paddock had no convictions for domestic abuse, a large loophole in Nevada law allows abusers to acquire high-powered rifles and other guns. This is Elizabeth Becker, former head of Nevada’s chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, speaking Tuesday on Democracy Now!
Elizabeth Becker: “People who are convicted domestic abusers are legally prohibited from purchasing weapons. … This is why the gun show loophole, as we call it, is so dangerous, because if someone is a prohibited purchaser in Nevada, they are very aware that they can go get weapons without a background check just by going through a private sale.”
President Trump is scheduled to travel to Las Vegas today, where he’s set to meet with first responders and survivors of the massacre.