WORLD Air Force combs gun database for unreported crimes


Air Force combs gun database for unreported crimes

By Gao Shi | People's Daily app

07:51, November 30, 2017

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The graduating class of second lieutenants arrive at the Air Force Academy's Class of 2012 graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado May 23, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Washington (People's Daily) - According to one official, Air Force service members charged or convicted of crimes were not reported to the federal gun background-check database.

Air Force began an investigation into the number of incidents that had not been reported after a former service member opened fire at a Texas church. 

Since 2002, about 60,000 incidents involving Air Force members should have been reported.

The incidents are being reviewed by Air Force officials to learn which ones should have been filed verses how many actually were.

Air Force officials did not issue a statement Tuesday regarding of many cases have been reviewed.

The claim came after the Air Force disclosed that it had failed to report the domestic violence conviction of Devin P. Kelley, the gunman who opened fire at a church in Texas this month.

While that review is expected to continue for several months, Air Force officials are trying to fix problems that prevented Kelley’s conviction from being reported.

Officials said they would send previously unreported cases to the database once they discovered them.

The current Air Force check is just part of the thorough investigation into the background process inside the military after the church shooting. 

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