Devin Kelley murdered 25 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas with his AR-15. The Associated Press articles in the Gazette-Times and the broadcast media all stated that Kelley would not have been able to legally buy any of his guns if the Air Force had posted his court-martial to the FBI’s criminal database as required by law.

They are all wrong.

In Texas a private person can participate in a gun show as a vendor and sell guns from his or her personal collection to private persons without any background checks.

If the Air Force had recorded Kelley’s criminal acts he could have legally purchased the exact same guns from any of the numerous gun shows held year-round in the San Antonio–Austin area that he purchased from the Academy stores. It may have taken him slightly longer, but there would have been no background checks and no paperwork identifying him as the purchaser.

Michael Bomar

Corvallis (Nov. 13)

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