Battling the Storm Within

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Navy and Army fail to report violent offenders at rates higher than the Air Force and Marine Corps

From left: Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, and Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, during a Senate Armed Services committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 19, 2017.

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department review released Tuesday found significant failures throughout the military to report violent offenders to federal law enforcement, a breakdown that allowed Air Force veteran Devin Kelley to purchase the firearms he used to commit a massacre in Texas last month.

Yet while the focus in that case has been the Air Force’s failure to submit Kelley’s criminal history to the FBI’s background-check database, the other military services mostly performed far worse.


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