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e US Air Force missed two chances to block Devin Kelley from legally buying the guns he used to kill 26 people in a small town Texas church, Sunday. According to current and former government officials and a review of military documents, the military had more than one chance to flag Kelley, who was then an airman at a New Mexico base, and include his fingerprints and record in an FBI database.
When presented with this account of how the FBI was not alerted about Kelley, Air Force officials confirmed the procedures that should have happened.>> Reuters' correspondent Tim Reed is in Sutherland Springs with the details.>> First of all, when he was first accused of beating his wife and young son in 2012, they should have sent his fingerprints to the FBI.
And that alone would have put a three day delay on him being able to buy a gun. Which would have also flagged him up as being unable to buy a gun. Secondly, after he was convicted by the Air Force of a domestic violence charge against his wife and son, again, the Air Force failed to register his name with the National Criminal Database.
>> Instead, Kelley cleared the checks and bought his gun in 2016. He then bought another one the following year. Police say, during his killing spree, he had at least two weapons including a military-style assault rifle. Investigators believe he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The problems in Kelley's case are not an isolated incident, officials said.
The Defense Department's then Inspector General Jon Rymer looked at 358 convictions against Air Force employees between June 2010 and October 2012. A report his office issued said, in about third of those cases, fingerprints and court martial outcomes were wrongly not relayed to the FBI.