US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a review of a government database used for background checks on gun buyers, after the US Air Force admitted its failure to report the November 5 Texas shooter’s criminal record that had allowed him to legally buy guns and commit one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.
Devin Patrick Kelley, a former US airman, was court-martialed for domestic violence while still on active duty in 2012 and was consequently barred from owning or buying firearms.
However, the Air Force’s failure to enter his history into the national database allowed the disgraced serviceman to freely purchase a rifle last year and then use it in the attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people.
Sessions said on Wednesday the shooting showed that not all the necessary information was being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
The attorney general said he was ordering the…