The Air Force did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on Wednesday.
Op November 5, 2017, the gunman killed 26 people and wounded 22 others at the First Baptist Church in the small community of Sutherland Springs.
Die skieter, Devin Patrick Kelley, was a former member of the US Air Force. He was charged in military court in 2012 on suspicion of assaulting his spouse and their child. Kelley received a bad conduct discharge, confinement for 12 maande, and was demoted to E-1, or airman basic.
But despite his history of domestic abuse and questionable behavior involving firearms, Kelley was able to purchase the Ruger AR-556 rifle he allegedly used in the shooting from a store in San Antonio, Texas in April 2016, a law enforcement official previously told CNN.
The Air Force had acknowledged in 2017 that it did not relay the killer’s court martial conviction for domestic assault to civilian law enforcement that could have prevented him purchasing the firearms used in the shooting
The failure to relay that information prevented the entry of his conviction into the federal database that must be checked before someone is able to purchase a firearm. Had his information been in the database at the National Criminal Information Center, it should have prevented gun sales to Kelley. Federal law prohibits people convicted of a misdemeanor crime involving domestic violence from owning firearms.
, the hero who chased off the Sutherland Springs church shooter
, said the judge made the right decision
“Rock and roll. This is what should have happened all along,” he told CNN when reached by phone Wednesday morning. “The Air Force is definitely at fault for not entering that into the NICS system. I’ve been saying that all along.”
Willeford was not a part of the civil lawsuit, but he said the decision will help the survivors who were gravely injured and still suffering from medical issues.
“It feels like vindication,” hy het gesê. “Our government needs to take responsible when it screws up.”
Willeford expressed concern that the military may not have entered critical background information about other people into the system. “This could potentially happen again.”
In the months after the shooting
, the US Department of Defense scrambled to ensure all of its branches have properly updated the FBI’s system to track personnel kicked out of the military who are barred from owning firearms