US Senate Panel to Hold Hearing on Weapons Regulations in Wake of Texas Shooting

© AP Photo / Julie JacobsonA firearms retailer examines a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade show, Jan. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas
A firearms retailer examines a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade show, Jan. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas - Sputnik International
The US Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on firearm background checks on November 14, Chairman Chuck Grassley said in a press release. The announcement comes after a number of deadly mass shootings in the US states of Nevada and Texas, which prompted a new wave of debates on gun control.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — "The Senate Committee on the judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled: "Firearm Accessory Regulation and Enforcing Federal and State Reporting at the National Instant Criminal Background Check System" for Tuesday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m.," Grassley said on Tuesday.

In addition, US Senator Richard Blumenthal said in a letter on Tuesday to US Defense Secretary James Mattis that the Pentagon must swiftly integrate military criminal records into the FBI national database for background checks to prevent incidents like the recent massacre in Texas.

Blumenthal said the Defense Department lacks a procedure to ensure US military criminal records are properly entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

An aerial photo showing the site of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, U.S., November 6, 2017 - Sputnik International
Texas Church Shooter Escaped Mental Health Facility in 2012
On Monday, the Defense Department said it had launched an internal probe into how former airman Devin Patrick Kelley’s domestic violence criminal records were handled in the wake of the deadly shooting in Texas, where 26 people were killed in a church on Sunday evening.

According to US media reports, Devin Kelley received a dishonorable discharge from the United States Air Force after being convicted for assaulting his wife and step-child and subsequently being imprisoned for 12 months.

The Sunday massacre in Sutherland Springs came about a month after another gunman opened fire on concert-goers in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 others.

The two shootings are among the deadliest in the United States in nearly 70 years.

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