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Three U.S. cities filed a lawsuit against the Department of Defense Tuesday, alleging it has an “admitted, systematic and longstanding failure to comply with the law.” New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, after a gunman killed 26 and injured 20 at a Texas church in November. The suit alleges the department failed to report criminal convictions to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and that compliance might have prevented the shooting.
The gunman, Devin Kelley, was convicted of domestic violence in a military court in 2014 while serving in the U.S. Air Force. All federal agencies, including the military, are required to submit mandatory compliance reports to the NICS containing information on violent crimes. The lawsuit claims Kelley would have been barred from purchasing a gun if the military had reported his case to the NICS.
A spokesperson for the Justice Department said Attorney General Jeff Sessions has launched an investigation into the matter and is “determining next steps.”