John Stephenson, general manager of Metro Shooting Supply says, “If his offenses had been reported and there is like two or three that would have precluded him from getting a firearm.”
Stephenson also says someone made a huge mistake. Kelley, a former airman, was convicted of domestic violence from a military court for assaulting his then wife and stepchild. He received a bad conduct discharge in 2014 and spent a year in prison. But, the military never reported this to the National Criminal Information Center.
“There’s a number of questions. If they go unreported we have no way to vet that person beyond the information they provide us on a form.”
All that information is put in computer system which goes to NICS. The Air Force has admitted to failing to report Kelley. They have launched a review of this situation and are examining whether other convictions have gone unreported.
When Kelley went to buy guns at a licensed dealer, a background check was performed by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. He should have received "deny" status, instead he got a "proceed"
“Let me go on the record and say there are more Kelleys. And there are a lot more Kelleys not getting caught.”