Meanwhile the apparently false media story that he got it from his father is already out there, serving the Obama effort to try to restrict familial/friend transfers. The real question is how did he pass a background check, despite his prior drug use and drug arrest?
CNN reports today that the shooter in Charleston did not in fact receive his handgun from his father — possibly in violation of a host of federal and state laws — but bought it himself in a store:
He himself bought the .45-caliber handgun used in the shooting last April at a Charleston gun store, according to the two officials. Earlier, a senior law enforcement official had indicated that [his] father bought him a Glock firearm for his birthday. This means that he passed a background check — a background check of precisely the sort that gun control advocates wish to extend to all transactions.