US gun dealer assisting the authorities over report that its pistol was found at Paris attacks scene

People gathering at Republic Square in Paris on Nov 21 to pay tribute to the victims of the Nov 13 terror attacks.
People gathering at Republic Square in Paris on Nov 21 to pay tribute to the victims of the Nov 13 terror attacks. PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI (AFP) - A major United States gun dealer said on Friday (Dec 11) it was cooperating with the authorities after suggestions that a pistol it sold was recovered from the scene of the Paris terror attacks.

Century Arms, based in Delray Beach, Florida, said that it scrupulously follows all state, federal and local laws and there is no suggestion it is involved in wrong doing.

"We have received an unconfirmed report that a pistol that was legally imported into the United States and legally sold to a licensed, domestic firearms dealer more than two years ago may have been recovered from the scene of the Paris shootings," the company said in a statement.

"We are unable to confirm that report, but are assisting authorities with their investigation into this matter."

Earlier on Friday, the head of the Zastava arms factory in Serbia told AFP that some of the arms believed to be used in last month's deadly Paris attacks were manufactured there, including one exported to Century Arms in 2013.

"A semi-automatic pistol PV M92 was produced in our factory and legally exported to Century Arms in May 2013," said Mr Milojko Brzakovic.