Sessions orders review of background check system for guns

Thousands of names purged from FBI background check system for gun buying

Thousands of names purged from FBI background check system for gun buying

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a review of a government database used for background checks on gun buyers, after a man who killed 26 people in a Texas church was left off the system despite having a criminal record.

A police hat hangs outside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs where 26 people were killed in a shooting attack earlier this month, as the church was opened to the public as a memorial to those killed, in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on November 12.

That incident came just a month after a gunman in Las Vegas opened fire on an outdoor music festival, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds in the deadliest mass shooting in recent USA history. Yet the military failed to inform officials who manage a nationwide database, which gun dealers are legally required to check before they sell weapons.

"The recent shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas revealed that relevant information may not be getting reported to the NCIS - this is alarming and it is unacceptable".

Mr Sessions said he was directing the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "to do a comprehensive review of the Nics" and report back to him the measures that could be taken to ensure that "people who are prohibited from purchasing firearms are prevented from doing so".

Kelley had received a bad conduct discharge from the U.S. Air Force after he was tried, convicted and briefly imprisoned for severely beating his wife and stepson.

The gunman killed himself while trying to get away after the shooting. The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee has said that it will be investigating the Air Force's alleged failure to notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation of Kelley's criminal record.