‘I could not imagine something worse happening’: Colorado gunshop owner who sold Devin Kelley two firearms speaks out and says he passed a background check both times

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

Jeff Lepp owns Specialty Sports in Colorado Springs, Colorado
He said he sold Devin Patrick Kelley two guns in 2014 and 2015, the first of which was a Glock 9mm handgun
Both times that Kelley bought a gun at his store, Lepp says he passed a background check
Kelley should not have been able to buy a gun because he spent a year in military prison for domestic abuse
But the Air Force revealed Monday that Kelley’s name was never entered into the FBI database that gunshop sellers use because of an administrative error

7 November 2017

One of the gunshop owners who sold firearms to Texas church shooter Devin Patrick Kelley has spoken out and revealed that he passed a background test twice.

Kelley, 26, killed 26 people and injured 20 on Sunday when he opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He later committed suicide.

After the deadly incident, investigators discovered that Kelley had bought four firearms in the four previous years, despite having a domestic abuse conviction on his record that should have precluded him from buying a gun.

But the Air Force revealed on Monday that an administrative error resulted in Kelley’s name never being added to the database gunshops use to screen prospective buyers.

In a Tuesday interview, Jeff Lepp, owner of Specialty Sports in Colorado Springs, Colorado, revealed that he sold Kelley two of his guns but says he passed a background check both times.

‘You never want to sell something to someone that will commit any form of crime, let alone a mass murder like this,’ Lepp told KENS5.

He says he wants to know what happened to cause the system to fail.

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