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Texas shooter's gun purchase result of 'bureaucratic failures': Pence

Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 01:32

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited families of the victims of a church shooting and law enforcement officials in Sutherland Spring on Wednesday and said that the ability of the gunman to even purchase a weapon was the result of ''bureaucratic failures.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited families of the victims of a church shooting and law enforcement officials in Sutherland Spring on Wednesday (November 8) and said that the ability of the gunman to even purchase a weapon was the result of "bureaucratic failures." A former U.S. serviceman who shot 26 worshipers to death during Sunday (November 5) prayers in Texas was embroiled in a domestic dispute with his in-laws and had sent threatening text messages to his wife's mother before the massacre, officials said. The Pentagon separately disclosed that it had failed to furnish information about the gunman's criminal record from his U.S. Air Force service to a national database that should have prevented him from legally purchasing the firearms he bought. The killer, Devin Kelley, 26, was convicted by court-martial of assaulting his first wife and step-son while serving in an Air Force logistics readiness unit and spent a year in detention before his bad-conduct discharge in 2014, according to the Pentagon. Federal law forbids anyone from selling or giving a gun to someone convicted of a crime involving domestic violence. Pence told reporters that he had been informed by Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson that a swift investigation would be conducted in "days, not weeks" into how he purchased a weapon.

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Texas shooter's gun purchase result of 'bureaucratic failures': Pence

Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 01:32