The FBI has argued that accused South Carolina Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooter Dylann Roof was able to get a handgun because of paperwork delays.
Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey said an examiner with the FBI conducting a handgun background check on Roof was unable to receive documents from a drug arrest before the sale was completed.
The law states that if checks are not completed within three days, a gun dealer may go ahead with a sale. The FBI said it had failed to receive all the paperwork on Roof within the allotted three days.
The New York Times characterized the paperwork snafu as a “loophole in the check system.”
Sean Davis, writing for The Federalist, countered that it was neither a flaw or a loophole in the national background check system, as The New York Times reported.
“It’s human error, namely a failure to enter data into the system,” he writes, taking anti-Second Amendment partisans to task for misrepresenting what happened.
The FBI admission follows a call by Democrats Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Mike Thompson, both from California, to expand the National Instant Criminal Background Check System used to conduct background checks prior to the sale of firearms.
“If Congress had passed some common-sense gun safety reforms after Newtown, after a group of children had been gunned down in their own classroom — reforms that 90 percent of the American people supported — we wouldn’t have prevented every act of violence, or even most,” Obama said on June 19.
“We don’t know if it would have prevented what happened in Charleston. No reform can guarantee the elimination of violence. But we might still have some more Americans with us.”