Maker of gun used in Texas school shooting received $3.1 million in pandemic aid, report says

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  • Daniel Defense, who made a gun used in the Texas school shooting, has received pandemic aid, per The NYT.
  • The gunsmith received $3.1 million in aid in April 2020, according to the outlet.

The gunsmith who made the rifle used in the Texas Elementary School Shooting received $3.1 million in pandemic relief from the U.S. government through the Paycheck Protection Program, the The New York Times reported.

Gunsmiths, Daniel Defense, received the Small Business Emergency Relief in early April 2020, according to the Times. The company secured the $3.1 million loan within days of opening the fund. It would have been used to support 200 employees.

Nineteen children and two adults were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas by an 18-year-old shooter on May 24. The weapon, which the shooter purchased shortly after his 18th birthday, was made by arms manufacturer Daniel Defence.

The loan was made by Cadance Bank and overseen by the Small Business Administration, which did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment outside of normal business hours.

The loan was repaid by the federal government in June 2021, with Daniel Defense meeting program requirements, The Times reported.

Daniel Défense did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment made outside of normal working hours.

In a statement published on its website the company has promised to cooperate with federal, state and local law enforcement. He added: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic events in Texas this week.”

The firearms and ammunition industry has collectively taken ready $125 million during the pandemic, according to The New York Times analysis of government data.

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