Mourners pray at a memorial in memory of the victims killed in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland in Sutherland Springs, Texas, U.S., November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
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The man who carried out one of the deadliest U.S. mass shootings was able to buy guns legally because a prior domestic violence conviction while he was in the Air Force was never put into an FBI database used in checks, officials said.Devin Kelley, the gunman in Sunday's massacre at a church in rural southeastern Texas, was convicted by court-martial of assaulting his first wife and stepson while serving in the U.S. Air Force in 2012, according to the Pentagon.The attack ranks as the fifth-deadliest by a single gunman in U.S. history.The Air Force said it had failed to transmit information about Kelley's conviction to the National Criminal Information Center system, a U.S. government database used by licensed firearms dealers to check gun buyers for criminal backgrounds.The massacre stirred an ongoing debate over gun ownership, which is protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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