Firearms expert testifies that Oscar Pistorius loved guns

By Michelle Kapusta,

Image: Erik van Leeuwen [GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

To start off the third week of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, a firearms expert testified that the Paralympian loved guns.

The Associated Press has reported that Sean Rens, manager of the International Firearm Training Academy, said that he had conversations about firearms with Pistorius and that the double-amputee runner had "a great love and enthusiasm" for guns.

Rens also testified that Pistorius knew the gun laws and answered a questionnaire correctly.

CNN noted that Rens said therefore, Pistorius knew that it was illegal to shoot at an unknown person breaking into your house and also not legal to shoot at them if burglar bars separate you. It is legal to shoot at them only if they approach you with a weapon.

“The attack must be against you, must be against a person, must be unlawful," Rens said.

The testimony is crucial in this case because the former Olympian is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and his defense is that he mistakenly shot her believing she was an intruder. Prosecutors, however, contend that Pistorius intentionally killed the model after the two had an argument on Valentine’s Day 2013.

The athlete has plead not guilty to the charges.

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