The man who shot and killed 26 people at a Texas church was able to purchase guns because the U.S. Air Force didn’t report his violent past to the FBI - even though it was required by the Pentagon.
Devin Kelley's 2012 domestic violence conviction wasn’t submitted to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Investigation Services Division for inclusion in the National Criminal Information Center database that is used to conduct background checks on would-be gun purchasers, an Air Force spokesperson said.
On "Fox & Friends," talk radio host and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch pointed out that many politicians are calling for stricter gun laws in the wake of this tragedy. She said the answer is to properly enforce the laws that are already on the books.
"The NRA has fought for 20 years to make sure that people who are adjudicated mentally unfit, that these records are added to the system," Loesch said. "Then we keep seeing these occurrences that are taking place and people are able to purchase a firearm because of human error or because they fell through the system."
She revealed that 38 states report fewer than 80 percent of felony convictions to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which means there are seven million felony convictions that are unreported.
"This is why this law needs to be enforced. But politicians have to call for those records to be submitted," Loesch said.
She also noted that Kelley reportedly lied on Federal Form 4473, which prospective gun buyers must fill out. He reportedly checked a box indicating he had not been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
"In 2010, you had 80,000 prohibited possessors that tried to purchase a firearm through their 4473. That's an actionable offense. And yet, guess how many of those were prosecuted? 44," Loesch said.
"This has to change and politicians have to call for it, especially the ones calling for gun control today."
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