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Report Finds Steps By Air Force Could Have Prevented Texas Church Shooter From Buying Guns

December 07, 2018 - 1:24 pm

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A new report finds that steps by the U.S. Air Force could've prevented the Sutherland Springs church shooter from buying guns.

The Department of Defense's Inspector General report says the Air Force failed six times to report information that could have prevented Devin Patrick Kelley from legally buying the guns he used to kill 26 people in a Sutherland Springs church last year.

The report says Kelley should have been fingerprinted four separate times and those fingerprints submitted to the FBI.

It also says the Air Force missed two opportunities to submit its final disposition report to the FBI.

Had these steps been taken, Kelley would not have been able to pass federally mandated background checks needed to purchase firearms from federally licensed dealers.