By Bob Owens
FBI Director James Comey says that data-handing errors and jurisdictional confusion within the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Operation Center allowed the man who shot up a Charleston church to legally acquire a handgun, even though he should have been considered a “prohibited person” under the law.
R___* went to buy the .45-caliber pistol on April 11 from a licensed firearms dealer, Shooter’s Choice, in West Columbia, South Carolina.
The background check examiner assigned to Roof’s case identified an arrest on a drug charge. But the arresting agency was listed, for reasons Comey said were unclear, was the Lexington County sheriff’s office. The actual arresting agency was the Columbia police department. Had she looked there, she would have seen the arrest report in which Roof admitted having the drug Suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction.
The FBI’s confusion was further compounded by the examiner’s list of police agencies in South Carolina. That list, or contact sheet, placed Columbia in Richland County — where most of the city is located — but not in Lexington County. She selected what she thought was the most reasonable alternative — West Columbia, where the gun shop was located — but the …read more
Source:: Bearing Arms