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Report: 31 Percent of Military Court Martials Unreported for Background Checks

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Former Air Force dischargee Devin Kelley killed 26 people at a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (KSAT/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:23 PM

For the past two years, the military failed to submit 31 percent of court-martial convictions to the FBI that would bar individuals from owning a firearm, Stars and Stripes reported.

According to the military news outlet, a newly released report from the Pentagon's inspector general found 780 convictions of felony-level offenses were never reported to federal law enforcement officials responsible for maintaining the database used to determine whether individuals can purchase a gun.

Additionally, the Department of Defense Inspector General report revealed fingerprints were not submitted to the FBI in 601 of 2,502 cases.

In the 2015-2016 period, the Air Force failed to report 14 percent of court-martial convictions and fingerprint cards, the IG found.

The other services were worse, Stars and Stripes reported.

The Army failed to provide conviction information in 41 percent of its cases, according to the Pentagon watchdog. The Navy and Marine Corps each failed to submit conviction information in 36 percent of cases.

The Army failed to provide fingerprint cards in 28 percent of cases, while the Navy and Marine Corps both failed to provide fingerprints in 29 percent of cases, according to the inspector general.

The report comes a month after former airman Devin Kelley killed 26 people at a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas; the Air Force had failed to report Kelley's domestic abuse conviction to the FBI, allowing him to buy weapons.

"Our report again identified serious deficiencies throughout the DOD in reporting criminal history information to the FBI,” Glenn Fine, the principal deputy inspector general, said in a statement.

"It is critical that the DOD fully implement our recommendations to correct past deficiencies and prevent future lapses in reporting."

The DOD inspector general is separately investigating what happened in the case of Kelley.

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A newly released report from the Pentagon's inspector general found 780 convictions of felony-level offenses were never reported to federal law enforcement officials responsible for maintaining the database used to determine whether individuals can purchase a gun.
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