Texas Church Shooter Was Able To Purchase Guns Because Air Force Screwed Up

Devin Kelley was able to buy guns that he couldn't legally own because the Air Force made a mistake.

Sutherland Springs, TX - Devin Kelley, the shooter who murdered 26 people at the First Baptist Church on Sunday, was able to purchase guns because the U.S. Air Force didn't submit his criminal history to the FBI, as required.

Officials spoke in confidentiality, and said that he was convicted of assault in a 2012 Air Force court martial, according to PBS.

That assault occurred when Kelley "intentionally" fractured his infant stepson's skull and assaulted his wife.

According to court records, Kelley was accused of choking his wife, pulling her hair, and kicking her.

Retired Colonel Don Christensen, former Air Force chief prosecutor, said that Kelley pled to intentionally fracturing his stepson's skull.

Kelley was sentenced to 12 months in a military prison, received a reduction in military rank, and was given a dishonorable discharge in 2014, according to Fox News.

Late Monday afternoon, Air Force officials confirmed that Kelley's criminal record was not entered into the federal database used to conduct background checks on citizens looking to purchase a firearm.

No reason was given as to why that occurred.

Pentagon rules for convictions of military personnel in crimes such as assault are required to be submitted to the FBI's Criminal Justice Investigation Services Division. The information would then show up when someone applied for a permit to purchase a gun.

Kelley has also been charged with cruelty to animals, outside of the military.

In August, 2014, when he was living in Colorado Springs, he jumped on and repeatedly punched his underweight Husky puppy. He denied beating the dog, and said he had jumped on it when it became aggressive toward another dog. He received a deferred prosecution for that charge.

His history of abuse followed him to Texas shortly after his 2014 discharge, when deputies were called to his parents' house after his girlfriend told a friend that he was abusing her.

Deputies said that when they arrived, they were told that the call was "a misunderstanding."

Police believe that a Ruger AR-556 rifle found at the church was Kelley's weapon of choice. Two additional handguns, a Glock 9 mm and a Ruger .22 caliber, were found in his vehicle. Police said that all three guns were purchased by Kelley.

In a statement, Academy Sports Outdoors, a chain sporting goods store, told Fox News that Kelley had purchased two guns on two separate dates at two separate locations in San Antonio. They said that one gun was purchased in 2016, and a second gun was purchased in 2017.

"We confirmed that both sales were approved by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). We are cooperating with law enforcement as they investigate further.”

Texas DPS Regional Director Martin Freeman said Kelley did not have a license to carry a concealed handgun, but had a "non-commissioned, unarmed private security license similar to a security guard at a concert-type situation."

The license was for a job at a water park in New Braunfels, which he was fired from after working only six weeks.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Schlitterbahn New Braunfels confirmed that Kelley was terminated, and also said that he had passed his criminal background check to get the job.

One victim from the mass shooting was Kelley's 71-year-old grandmother-in-law, Lula Woicinski White.

It has also been confirmed that Kelley sent his mother-in-law threatening text messages prior to the shooting. She attends church there but did not attend on Sunday.

Texas DPS Regional Director Martin Freeman said that there "was a domestic situation within the gunman's family."

After hero Stephen Willeford confronted and shot Kelly after the massacre, Kelley fled, and Willeford and another resident pursued his vehicle. During the pursuit, Kelley texted his father to tell him that he had been shot, and "didn't think he was going to make it."

The motive for Kelley's shooting spree is not believed to be religiously or racially-motivated, and terrorism is not suspected. It does appear that Kelley targeted the church that was attended by his second wife's family, according to the Texas DPS.

So what about his ANTIFA posts on his Facebook? That's not terriorism?

And his FB page (prior to being shut down) listed several atheist groups he followed, too, as well as Antifa.

And prior to his FB page being taken down, he followed several atheist groups, too.

What does being atheist have to do with being criminally insane or a felon possessing weapons? I’m an atheist yet I’ve never made a terrorist attack or threat. Little bit liberal minded from the sounds of things. What’s worst is religious bible thumping types think they are above the rest of the world, yet if u think about it everything in the Bible contradicts the 10 commandments as well as shows those who read it that it’s actually a fictional story if anything at all. For instance: God made Adam and Eve who had 2 male children. Cain killed Abel and was forced out of the garden of eden and went on a long journey where he met other people and found a wife. Where did those other people come from if there’s no story of their creation?

@Pisseddude you have not read the bible have you because what you just wrote is mostly wrong and most of the people and storys in the bible are factual by historical records and the others that where not recorded anywhere other than the bible are starting to be proven and found plus the wraths and miracles of god are shown to be scientifically possible.

@johnzero, most of what you said is false... Especially since most of those records you're talking about were written down long after the supposed events took place...

Also, his point is that his atheism likely had nothing to do with his actions.

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