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Where'd They Get Their Guns?

An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001

Date: January 25, 1993

Location: Outside Central Intelligence Agency Headquarters, Langley, Virginia

Alleged Shooter: Mir Aimal Kansi

People Killed: Two

People Injured: Three

Firearm(s): Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifle


Kansi, a 28-year-old Pakistani living in Virginia, opened fire on cars waiting to enter the grounds of Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia. He killed two people, both employees of the agency, and wounded three others. He then fled to Pakistan, where he was captured in 1997.

How Firearm(s) Acquired

Kansi legally purchased the gun from David Condon Inc., a dealer in Chantilly, Virginia just three days before the shooting. He produced identification to prove his Virginia residency and passed a Virginia State Police computerized background check.


  1. Bill Miller, "New Report Out on CIA Shootings; Gun Shop Employee Gets Some Support," The Washington Post, 13 May 1994, sec. C, p. 5.
  2. "An Alien With an AK-47," U.S. News and World Report, 22 February 1993, p. 8.
  3. Bill Miller and Robert O'Harrow, Jr. "Criminologists Ponder Killer's �Strange Mission'; Perceived Injustice Might Have Sparked Rampage," The Washington Post, 27 January 1993, sec. A, p. 9.
  4. Maria Koklanaris, "Pakistan Focus of Search; CIA Suspect's Home Country to Assist Police," Washington Times, 11 February 1993, sec. A, p. 1.
  5. Pierre Thomas and Peter Baker, "CIA Killings Prompt Scrutiny on Two Fronts; Fairfax Loophole Expedited Gun Purchase," The Washington Post, 11 February 1993, sec. C, p. 1.
  6. Kevin Johnson and Gary Fields, "FBI Gets its Man, But it Didn't Catch Him; Luck Can Play as Much a Role as Hard Work," USA Today, 15 July 1999, sec. A, p. 3.

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The Violence Policy Center is a national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals. The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related death and injury.