The US military has added more than 4,000 names to a federal background check database in the three months since a mass shooting revealed the organisation had consistently failed to report troubling convictions to the FBI.
Former Air Force member Devin Kelley killed 25 people, including a pregnant woman, in a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas in November. The gunman had received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force in 2012 – a conviction that should have prevented him from ever buying a gun.
But the Air Force later admitted that it had not submitted Mr Kelley’s conviction to the FBI database used for background checks in gun purchases. The failure, the Air Force said in a statement, was “not an isolated incident”.
Three months later, the US military has added 4,284 names to the database – a 38 per cent increase, as first