AIR FORCE FAILED TO RE­PORT GUN­MAN

Edmonton Journal - - WORLD -

HOUS­TON The Air Force failed six times to re­port in­for­ma­tion that could have pre­vented the ex-air­man who killed more than two dozen peo­ple in a Texas church from pur­chas­ing a gun, ac­cord­ing to a gov­ern­ment re­port re­leased Fri­day.

The Depart­ment of De­fence in­spec­tor gen­eral’s re­port de­tails Devin Pa­trick Kel­ley’s decade-long his­tory of vi­o­lence, in­ter­est in guns and men­ac­ing of women.

That his­tory cul­mi­nated in Kel­ley’s Novem­ber 2017 at­tack on the First Bap­tist Church in Suther­land Springs, the church his wife and mother-in-law at­tended.

Kel­ley served al­most five years in the Air Force, dur­ing which he was court­mar­tialed and sen­tenced to one year for as­sault­ing his wife and step­son. He was able to pur­chase four firearms af­ter be­ing dis­charged in 2014, three of which he car­ried into the church. The con­vic­tion would have been a red flag in the manda­tory back­ground check when Kel­ley tried to pur­chase a gun.

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