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FBI Chief Says Agency Should Not Have Cleared Gun Sale to Dylann Roof

July 10, 2015  | 

Image: FBI Facebook Page
Image: FBI Facebook Page

FBI Director James B. Comey said Friday that agency employees should have rejected Dylann Roof's attempt to purchase a gun because Roof had earlier been arrested for possession of drugs, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Authorities charge that Roof killed nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in a racially motivated attack.

"The bottom line is clear," Comey said. "Dylann Roof should not have been allowed to purchase the gun that day."

He said Roof went to a West Columbia, S.C., gun shop on April 11 to buy the gun. Under federal law, the FBI had three days to block the purchase.

But an FBI examiner in West Virginia failed to get notice of a March drug arrest of Roof that would have likely resulted in Roof being disqualified from purchasing the weapon.

On April 16, the gun dealer sold the weapon to Roof, who used it in the June 17 attack.

Comey said he has ordered a full review of the mistake and will make recommendations for improvements to background checks. He added that he was informed of the lapse Thursday night but that agents have been reviewing the matter for weeks.

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AZBIGDOG @ 7/12/2015 7:55 AM

So, background checks do work? If so then why was the arresting agency or the ATFE not notified of this illegal purchase and make an arrest and seize the firearm. Amazing they will go after some poor sucker in a state that you can't even own a firearm without giving up your first born and several pints of blood. But they won't or can't seem to do any investigation of an illegal purchase. Or was it the FBI never notified them or that they just didn't have time for the minor things that they are supposed to be doing for their salaries? Sorry but it just seems that the persons responsible, the shooter, has nothing to lose as most states don't do death penalties automatically for shooting and killing one person or 100. So not following up on the illegal purchases just makes it easier for them to get the firearms. Too bad.

Jon Retired LEO @ 7/12/2015 11:16 AM

Whether or not the FBI Chief keeps his job all depends on whether or not the commander in chief needs a scapegoat for this blunder which most likely cost this young woman her life.

James Barth @ 7/12/2015 8:48 PM

Hmmmm !! it's a little late to admit to this blunder, don't you think !!

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