Military places thousands on the gun ban list

After South Texas church shooting, the military scrambles to catch up

Jake Hughes
February 12, 2018 - 10:54 am

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The Pentagon has added over 4,000 veterans to the national gun ban list, in light of November's massacre by an Air Force veteran at a South Texas church.

The number of dishonorably discharged vets on the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, has risen from around 11,000 to 15,579 according to an exclusive report by CNN.  That's a 38% increase.  The military is trying to make good on a federal law that should have banned Devin Patrick Kelley and others like him from owning a gun.  Kelley was discharged for bad conduct for assaulting his wife, but his name never made it to the gun ban list.  Instead, he legally bought a gun and killed 26 churchgoers iin Sunderland Springs, Texas.  By federal law, he should have been barred from purchasing the semi-automatic rifle he used. Ever since, the military has been desperately trying to catch up on on their reporting.

The Department of Defense has not yet released the new numbers.  But they may be in a hurry to report dishonorably discharged vets to the data base, as three major cities filed suit in light of the reporting errors.

In December, a DoD Inspector General report found that hundreds of criminal records were missing from the FBI data base because military branches were lax in reporting them.

CNN reports the addition of new names mostly included those with dishonorable discharges - people who commit the equivalent of felony crimes.  Bad conduct discharges - which included domestic violence - have not been seen an uptick in reporting. Kelley was discharged for bad conduct.