UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. military has added thousands of names to a federal gun ban list in the months since an ex-airman opened fire in a church.
In November, Devin Kelley opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people.
The gunman had previously been kicked out of the military for assaulting his wife. Thus, according to federal law, Kelley should have been prevented from purchasing the semiautomatic rifle used in the shooting.
However, the Air Force failed to submit his records to the FBI’s background check system.
In an effort to address the problem, the Department of Defense has worked to update the list, leading 4,284 names to be added to the system based on dishonorable discharges.
The total number of people barred from owning firearms because they were dishonorably discharged now stands at more than 15,500.
For United News International, in Washington, D.C., I’m Caitlin Mangum.