US Air Force’s negligence to cost them $230m in 2017 Texas church shooting case

US Air Force’s negligence to cost them $230m in 2017 Texas church shooting case

gunman was able to slip through the background check system because the US Air Force had not reported his two domestic violence convictions from five years earlier….
Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017, killing 26 people and injuring 22 more.
Kelley was a convicted felon with a history of domestic violence and mental illness.
Kelley was found dead after the incident, having shot himself. It was the worst mass shooting in Texas history.
The court ruling reads “The Court concluded that the Government failed to exercise reasonable care in its undertaking to submit Kelley’s criminal history to the FBI and that the Government was 60 percent responsible for the Plaintiffs’ injuries”.
Families of the victims and survivors had sued the US government claiming it could have prevented the gunman from legally acquiring firearms.
The plaintiff named in the ruling was Joe Holcombe, who, along with his wife, Claryce, lost nine members of their family in the attack, including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Kelley had legally purchased weapons even though convicted felons are usually not allowed to own guns. Licensed sellers are supposed to check national databases before completing a purchase.
But the gunman was able to slip through the background check system because the US Air Force had not reported his two domestic violence convictions from five years earlier.
Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said it planned to appeal the ruling, the New York Times reported.
Gun laws in Texas are among the most lax in the United States