Friday, 10 July 2015

Dylann Roof got gun because of screening-system failures

sSouth Carolina shooting suspect Dylann Roof should not have been able to purchase the gun used in the massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the FBI said Friday.

FBI Director James B. Comey said that Roof was able to obtain the weapon, which was used to kill nine African-Americans in a racially motivated attack on the historically black church on June 17, because of shortcomings in the screening system for gun purchases, the Washington post reported.
“This case rips all of our hearts out, but the thought that an error on our part is connected to a gun this person used to slaughter these people is very painful to us,” he said, according to the D.C. paper.
Comey said the error in the national background check system allowed Roof to get his hands on the .45-caliber handgun, which was also featured prominently in his pictures, despite having been busted for drugs.
Roof had been arrested for possessing narcotics in February, but he was not listed in the criminal databases that should have prevented him from purchasing the weapon. 
The background check examiner who evaluated the alleged gunman’s request to purchase a gun because the wrong arresting agency had been listed in his file, Comey said. “We are all sick this happened,” he said, “We wish we could turn back time.”
Citing court records and government documents, the New York broadsheet said that flaws in the system have been exploited in the past; one such loophole reportedly allowed thousands of barred individuals to purchase guns over the past 10 years.

HENRY E. J Williams

Author & Editor

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