Texas church shooter passed background checks for gun purchases in San Antonio

Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, killed 26 people on Sunday

Devin Patrick Kelley (Texas DPS via CNN)

SAN ANTONIO – The man identified as the gunman in the worst mass shooting in modern Texas history twice passed a background check when purchasing firearms at San Antonio area Academy Sports + Outdoors stores, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed Monday.

26 killed, 20 wounded in mass shooting; Gunman dead

He also legally purchased two firearms in 2014 and 2015 in Colorado.

The Air Force confirmed Monday that it did not submit Devin Patrick Kelley's criminal history to FBI, as required by Pentagon rules.

The Air Force has launched a review of how the information was handled and said in a statement:

Kelley was convicted by a general court-martial on two charges of domestic assault against his wife and step-son under Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He then served 12-months in confinement at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in California before being released with a Bad Conduct Discharge in 2014. He was also reduced in grade to E-1. Federal law prohibited him from buying or possessing firearms after this conviction.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein directed a complete review of the Kelley case by the Air Force Office of the Inspector General. The Service will also conduct a comprehensive review of Air Force databases to ensure records in other cases have been reported correctly. The Air Force has also requested that the Department of Defense Inspector General review records and procedures across the Department of Defense.

Kelley, 26, purchased a firearm in 2016. He then bought a second one this year and on both occasions was cleared through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), according to the spokeswoman.


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