Problem of firearms in USA

Monday, 12 February, 2018 - 19:41

In the three months since the Sutherland Springs church massacre, the Defense Department has hurriedly added 4,000 new names "to the nation's list of dishonorably discharged military personnel banned from owning firearms," a move CNN reports is "a sign of what has been a massive hole in the nation's gun buying background check system."

The implication, according to CNN: "for an unknown period, more than 4,000 people had the opportunity to buy guns from dealers while they should have been legally barred from it."

The gunman in the Sutherland Springs massacre had been kicked out of the military for assaulting his wife. By federal law, that should have prevented the shooter from purchasing his semiautomatic rifle, but the US Air Force later admitted it had not submitted his records to the FBI's background check system.

Since 2015, the number of people barred from owning firearms because they were dishonorably discharged had hovered at about 11,000, according to FBI statistics published online. That number suddenly jumped to 14,825 last November, then to 15,583 in December. It now stands at 15,597.