According to a statement from a military spokesperson, it seems Devin P. Kelley, the man identified as the shooter at a Texas church this past weekend, was given a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force three years ago after being court-martialed for assault
Yes, per Ann Stefanek, the chief of Media Operations for the Air Force, Devin P. Kelley, who served in logistics readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico starting in 2010, was court-martialed in 2012 for two counts alleging assault on his spouse and assault on their child.
Stephanek also added in the statement that Kelley was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in custody and given a bad conduct discharge in 2014.
The revelation of these facts are rather disturbing, because Federal law prohibits a person who has been dishonorably discharged from buying a firearm.
Allen West points out…
The 1968 Gun Control Act prohibits a licensed firearms dealer to sell a weapon to a person with a dishonorable discharge, or for such a person “to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.”
In light of these facts, it’s also worth noting that officials say they found multiple weapons in Kelley’s vehicle when he died. However, there has been no indication given as to how he obtained them.