Kyle Huff’s Weapons
Kyle Huff spent much of his youth in Whitefish, Montana, a small town in a former logging valley that now caters to outdoor recreation. In 2000, as has been widely reported, Huff was involved in a strange incident in Whitefish: He shot up a fiberglass moose that had been placed on display in the town as part of a “Moose on the Loose” art project (similar in concept to Chicago’s “Cow Parade” or Seattle’s “Pigs on Parade”).
Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial says that Huff used a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun to shoot the moose, and also had a Ruger 40-caliber handgun with him at the time. Using the serial numbers on the guns, Chief Dial says he and Seattle authorities have now determined that Huff used that same 12-gauge shotgun to kill six people at a Capitol Hill house party early Saturday morning, and also had the same Ruger 40-caliber handgun with him.
How did Huff get his guns back after the 2000 incident, which earned him a felony criminal mischief charge? Chief Dial says that by surrendering and agreeing to do community service, Huff was able to plea-bargain his felony down to a misdemeanor. That allowed him to get the guns back—and keep buying more.