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.
We need to know why TX gunman's conviction wasn't reported to background check system & if others slipped through. My letter to Sec. Mattis: pic.twitter.com/2VbwBfOBRT— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) 7 ноября 2017 г.
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.
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.