Information about Texas church shooter Devin Kelley has continued to come to light over the past 24 hours, as authorities have uncovered more about the former airman and the circumstances surrounding the 2012 conviction that led to his discharge and confinement.
But new information released on Monday revealed that while Kelley should have been prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms after a U.S. court martial granted his domestic violence conviction, the U.S. Air Force failed to communicate that information to the federal government.
Check it out, via Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek:
Initial information indicates that Kelley’s domestic violence offense was not entered into the National Criminal Information Center database by the Holloman Air Force Base Office of Special Investigations.
In light of this news, the Air Force has launched an official investigation into Kelley’s criminal record notification.
Kelley’s conviction specified that he was found guilty of pointing a loaded weapon at his wife, in addition to physically laying his hands on her and his minor step-son.
The new information poses a significant problem for gun control arguments, given this information would not necessarily have been available to someone conducting a background check on Kelley.
This revelation that the Air Force failed to communicate said information suggests the shootings could’ve been avoided if such an oversight had not occurred.