The Air Force admitted that they may have screwed up big time. A screw up that may (or may not) have caused 26 people to lose their lives. CNN (@cnn) reported, the U.S Air Force acknowledged Monday that it did not appropriately relay Texas Church shooter, Devin Kelley’s court martial conviction for domestic assault to civilian law enforcement. Because military court is a separate entity from the civilian court system, if the military fails to report a crime they tried and convicted a soldier of to the civilian court system, it never becomes part of an individuals arrest record. Meaning, Kelley was a convicted criminal in military court. A felony conviction, that if reported to the civilian court system, would have prevented Kelley from legally obtaining a firearm. The military has released a statement pertaining to the lethal mix-up.
“Initial information indicates that Kelley’s domestic violence offense was not entered into the National Criminal Information Center database by Holloman Air Force Base Office Of Special Investigations.”
Kelley would not have been able to obtain a legal firearm with a felony conviction on his record. He had one, the Air Force just failed to inform the general public of it.