Report: Military has added 4,000 names to gun ban list

Investigators work at the scene of a deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2017.


By LEADA GORE | Alabama Media Group, Birmingham | Published: February 12, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Tribune News Service) — The U.S. military has recently added more than 4,000 names to the list of dishonorably discharged military personnel banned from owning a firearm, a move that comes after an ex-U.S. airman killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017.

CNN is reporting the Department of Defense has been working to update the FBI on personnel that have been kicked out of the military and banned from owning a gun. Devin Kelly, the shooter in the Texas church case, had been forced out of the military for assaulting his wife, which should have prevented him from purchasing the semiautomatic rifle used in the Texas case. However, the Air Force later admitted it did not submit his records through the background check system.

In the last three months, the names of some 4,284 former service members were added to the list, which now includes more than 15,500 names.

The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General is also reviewing how the branches of the military submit information about dishonorable discharges to the FBI.

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