In answer to Elizabeth Warren, and other progressives who desire to deny guns to lawful citizens, the fact is that existing law was sufficient to stop legal purchase of a firearm by the perpetrator in the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Yesterday’s shooter in Texas was legally not able to purchase firearms and had, in fact, been denied a Texas state gun permit.
“Current law, as it exists right now, should have prevented him from being able to get a gun,” Governor Abbott said in an interview with “CBS This Morning.”
“I can tell you that before he made this purchase, he tried to get a gun permit in the state of Texas and was denied that permit.”
Because Texas does not require a permit to purchase or own firearms, Abbott’s reference appears to be to a request to carry a gun.
Federal law prohibits the sale of firearms to certain people, including felons, spousal abusers, undocumented immigrants and the severely mentally ill. Licensed gun dealers are required to screen potential buyers through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, an FBI-run database created by Congress in 1993.
Devin Kelley had been court martialed by the Air Force for assault on his wife and child in 2012. He spent a year in a military prison and was given a reduction in rank. In 2014, Kelley received a bad conduct discharge.