Ummm, no, Mitt. They were legal. That's the issue. Not to mention the thousands of rounds of ammo purchased online. Nice try. Mitt Romney: 'Many' Of Aurora Shooting Suspect's Weapons Were Illegal Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday said many of the weapons obtained by the shooting suspect in Colorado were obtained illegally and that changing laws won't prevent gun-related tragedies. But the firearms that authorities allege James Holmes used to kill 12 people in Aurora, Colo., were obtained legally. "This person shouldn't have had any kind of weapons and bombs and other devices and it was illegal for him to have many of those things already. But he had them," Romney told NBC News in an interview. "And so we can sometimes hope that just changing the law will make all bad things go away. It won't."