Air Force Can't Escape Suit Over Ex-Airman's Mass Shooting

By Daniel Wilson (January 8, 2021, 10:18 PM EST) -- A Texas federal judge has denied the U.S. Air Force's bid to escape a suit over a deadly 2017 church mass shooting by a former airman, saying it breached a duty of care in failing to inform the FBI about the shooter's conviction by a court-martial.

The Air Force's failure to report Devin Patrick Kelley's court-martial conviction for domestic abuse to an FBI background check system, allegedly allowing Kelley to purchase firearms he should have been barred from owning, was negligence, U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez ruled Wednesday, denying the government's motion for summary judgment.

"The Court finds as a matter of...

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