Three major cities have filed against Defense Department over its failure to report the criminal convicts in the military to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its Gun Background Check Database.
Pentagon has not submitted names of the criminal convicts in the military to the FBI and thereby have hindered the federal laws that are intended to keep guns out of the hands of felons and domestic abusers.
This is what allowed the domestic assault accused at Air Force, Devin P. Kelly, buy a rifle from a store and kill 25 innocent people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The victims included a pregnant woman whose fetus also died.
Now officials from New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco are trying to force a change. The lawsuit files by officials from these cities will force Pentagon to submit to federal court monitoring of its compliance with the reporting laws it has broken over time.
New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio said “This failure on behalf of the Department of Defense has led to the loss of innoce1nt lives by putting guns in the hands of criminals and those who wish to cause immeasurable harm”.
The cities also said that they are suing because their police officers regularly check the federal background-check database and rely on it to provide accurate information to stop the people who should not possess guns.