Sessions orders review of gun background check records

ANI | Updated: Nov 23, 2017 06:25 IST

Washington [United States], November 23 (ANI): United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a comprehensive review of the national database in order to beef up the background checks on gun buyers.

"The recent shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas revealed that relevant information may not be getting reported to the NICS - this is alarming and it is unacceptable," reported CNN, citing Sessions as saying in a statement.

The order has been passed in the wake of mass shooting of church-goers in Sutherland Springs, Texas, leaving 26 dead and others injured.

The shooter, identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was convicted on domestic violence charges, which eventually barred him from purchasing guns.

However, since the U.S. Air Force failed to properly convey that information to federal law enforcement authorities, by virtue of which he was able to purchase a military-style rifle.

Kelley, who served in logistics readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010, was removed from the military with a bad-conduct discharge and a reduction of rank.

He was also sentenced to 12 months of confinement for assaulting his then-wife and stepson.

In 2013, Kelley pleaded guilty to choking Brennaman, pulling her hair and kicking her.

He also pleaded guilty to hitting her young son's head and body, fracturing his skull. (ANI)