Bass Pro Shops corporate spokesman Larry Whiteley released the following statement. Holmes bought guns from their Denver branch:
We want to offer our deepest sympathies to the victims and their families. This is an unspeakable tragedy and we join with all Americans in offering our prayerful support.
Based on the records we have reviewed, personnel in our Denver store correctly and fully followed all federal requirements with respect to the sale of one shotgun and one handgun to the individual identified in this incident. Background checks, as required by federal law, were properly conducted and he was approved.
Again, our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We also offer our support and appreciation to the law enforcement and emergency professionals and all others who responded to give aid to these innocent victims.