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BY: Stephen Gutowski
The Air Force repeatedly failed to submit the Sutherland Springs shooter's criminal record to the FBI, allowing the shooter to purchase guns without failing a background check. A report issued by the Department of Defense's Inspector General on Thursday said this was due to a lack of understanding or mistakes on the part of military law enforcement officials.
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The report described four separate times the criminal records of the shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, should have been reported to the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Center under DOD policy but weren't. Investigators said these repeated failures led directly to the shooter being able to pass a background check and obtain the firearms he used to commit mass murder before being shot himself by a civilian.
"The USAF did not submit Kelley's fingerprints and final disposition report to the FBI at any time," the report said. "If Kelley's fingerprints were submitted to the FBI, he would have been prohibited from purchasing a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer. Because his fingerprints were not submitted to the FBI CJIS Division, Kelley was able to purchase firearms, which he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 5, 2017."
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The investigators found the same mistakes were repeated over and over again by agents from the Air Force's military justice system. At each point where procedure and policy required agents to report the shooter's records to the FBI for inclusion in the background check system, the agents failed to do so. When the investigators asked why the mistakes were made, the agents told them they didn't understand they were required to submit the records to the FBI.
They reported none of the agents could provide them with "a clear, supportable reason or explanation why Kelley's fingerprints were not submitted to...
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