Two days after the shooting that left 26 dead in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he would introduce legislation incentivizing the military and other federal agencies to quickly upload criminal records into an FBI database.
Although the Pentagon already required that transfer of information, the U.S. Air Force failed to enter information regarding Devin Kelley, Sunday's shooter, into the FBI's National Crime Information Center database.
“This critically important information from the suspect's criminal history was not uploaded into the relevant background check databases, even though a federal law clearly requires that it be done,” Cornyn said.
“Because there was no record of it, [Kelley] was able to lie his way into getting these firearms,” he added.
It's unclear whether Democrats, who called for congressional action following Sunday's massacre, or other Republicans will support the bill, which appears to merely encourage compliance with existing law.
Cornyn's legislation came amid an announcement from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who said he was writing legislation that would “prevent anyone convicted of domestic violence” from purchasing a firearm.
Existing law should have prevented Kelley from obtaining his AR-556 after he was convicted of assaulting both his ex-wife and stepson.