The loophole that let the church shooter buy a gun — and the bill that aims to close it
Just days after the mass murder in a Texas church Sunday, Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., introduced legislation to “close the background check loophole exploited by the Sutherland Springs, Texas, shooter.”
The Flake-Heinrich proposal has already received some initial pushback from conservatives who argue that it was simply the Air Force’s error, not a major loophole, that allowed Kelley to slip through the cracks.
But Gary Barthel, a retired U.S. Marine and attorney at the Military Law Center in San Diego who’s written about the implications of the Lautenberg Amendment on members of the military, told Yahoo News that he thinks adding a specific category for domestic violence to Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which broadly covers assault, is “a good idea.”