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Air Force Failed to Report Dozens of Convicted Service Members to Gun Database

Air Force Failed to Report Dozens of Convicted Service Members to Gun Database

THE NEW YORK TIMES – RICHARD A. OPPEL JR.

A review by the United States Air Force has found several dozen cases where the military failed to report service members convicted of serious crimes to the federal gun background-check databases, Air Force officials said on Tuesday.

The review came after it was discovered that the Air Force failed to report the domestic violence conviction of Devin Kelley, the gunman who killed 26 people at a church in Texas earlier this month. Under federal law, Mr. Kelley’s court-martial conviction for domestic assault could have prevented him from purchasing the rifle he used in the attack, as well as other guns he acquired over the past four years.

After the Air Force admitted on Nov. 6 that officials at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico had failed to report the results of Mr. Kelley’s court-martial to the federal background database, it launched an investigation into how many other serious convictions had not been reported.

While officials have only examined a portion of the convictions across the Air Force that should have been reported, several dozen cases have already surfaced that were not reported as required. Those have been corrected and reported in the past few weeks since the review began, Air Force officials said.

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