CHARLESTON, SC - JULY 17: A church youth group from Douthan, Alabama prays in front of the Emanuel AME Church on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting on July 17, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP
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The FBI wants a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the agency of negligence in last summer's South Carolina church massacre, arguing that the agency was stymied by state and federal limits on background checks and local errors in record-keeping as it reviewed Dylann Roof's handgun purchase.Lawyers for three survivors and the estates of five of the people slain inside Emanuel AME Church sued in July, arguing that if the FBI had done its job, Roof's prior drug arrest would have shown up and his purchase of the .45-caliberThe FBI response cited a statement FBI Director James Comey made shortly after the shootings.So when Roof sought to buy the gun two months later, an FBI examiner spotted the arrest, but called the wrong agency to get his record.
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