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Store may face charges for selling gun to shooter

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/18/19, 11:11 am

An Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Texas sold Devin Patrick Kelley a semi-automatic rifle and large-capacity magazine after he showed a Colorado driver’s license. Kelley later used his purchases to kill more than two dozen people at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2017.

Why is the store in trouble? Federal prosecutors say the store sold the gun and magazine illegally because Kelley would not have been allowed to make the purchase in Colorado. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion to add the store as a responsible third party in a lawsuit over the shooting. A spokesman for the company declined to comment, citing pending litigation.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Charissa Koh’s report about how the community of Sutherland Springs responded to the tragedy.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 10/18/2019 10:18 pm

    This is interesting. Is the Federal Government trying to draw attention away from the fact that the US Air Force, that convicted Kelley of assault (beating his wife and son), FAILED to enter the info into national records as required by law?    Those court martial convictions, had they shown up in the mandatory background check for buying a firearm from a licensed gun dealer, would have prevented Kelley from buying the 4 or 5 firearms he owned. Including the rifle used to murder 26 people and wound 20 more at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church. 

    In my opinion, this makes the person(s) responsible for the failure directly culpable for the deaths and injuries at Kelley’s hands. 

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