UPDATE: Sutherland Springs Shooter Devin Kelley Received Bad Conduct Discharge, Was Court Martialed in 2014 – Against the Law to Own Guns
U.S. officials say the gunman behind the mass shooting at a Sutherland Springs church is 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley.
Kelley was thrown out of the US Air Force.
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Devin Kelley was court martialed in 2014 after a dishonorable discharge.
Here is the case number:
No. 14-0387/AF. U.S. v. Devin P. KELLEY. CCA 38267.
According to McMilitary Law: States have laws for gun control for court martial cases.
Will I be able to own firearms?
Federal and state laws do place restrictions on the purchase of firearms by those convicted of felonies. 18 USC § 922(b). Many jurisdictions distinguish between violent and non-violent offenses.
It was against the law for Devin to own firearms.
Josh Caplan adds this on dishonorable discharge and firearms.
A dishonorable discharge (DD), similarly referred to as a “duck dinner” in military slang, can only be handed down to an enlisted member by a general court-martial. Dishonorable discharges are handed down for what the military considers the most reprehensible conduct. This type of discharge may be rendered only by conviction at a general court-martial for serious offenses (e.g., desertion, sexual assault, murder, etc.) that call for dishonorable discharge as part of the sentence.
With this characterization of service, all veterans’ benefits are lost, regardless of any past honorable service, and this type of discharge is regarded as shameful in the military. In many states a dishonorable discharge is deemed the equivalent of a felony conviction, with attendant loss of civil rights. Additionally, US federal law prohibits possession of firearms by those who have been dishonorably discharged per the Gun Control Act of 1968.