Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that enforcing existing laws would have prevented the mass shooting at a church in rural Texas that left more than two dozen people dead over the weekend.
“This man should not have gotten a gun. You know why? Because he was a domestic abuser,” Ryan said to reporters Tuesday.
Current federal law prohibits certain people from buying or owning firearms, including those convicted of domestic violence. Kelley’s court-martial, therefore, made him ineligible to purchase the guns he did, but the Air Force did not submit his criminal history to the federal database that screens prohibited buyers before gun sales.
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