Based upon current Texas law, there’s no way Devin Kelley should have been able to buy firearms. Had the Air Force reported his criminal history properly, the background check would have prevented the purchases. Now, the Air Force is taking action to prevent future mistakes like that from happening.
“We’ve also added a requirement that the person working the case… they not only file the fingerprints, they have to check the database to ensure the fingerprints have been properly recorded and received by the federal database,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
Kelley had committed violent crimes against his own family and was eventually discharged from the Air Force. All such criminal histories in the armed forces are supposed to be reported to certain government agencies, including the ones responsible for various federal and state firearm background checks.
The Air Force revealed last week that dozens of other Air Force service members charged with or convicted of crimes were never reported to the background-check database as required, and that there is currently an ongoing investigation into the system to make sure such lapses do not happen again.
Wilson said the review will not be complete for another four to five months. Only then will decisions be made about accountability and/or disciplinary actions, she added.