Judge Rules Suit Against FBI Can Proceed

posted on March 27, 2017

A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over the background check on convicted mass murderer Dylan Roof can proceed. 

According to a report at upi.com, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel noted, “The FBI apparently gave up its attempt to learn about Roof's purportedly felonious drug arrest, and it took no action to prevent Roof from being allowed to purchase a handgun. The FBI cast aside the case, leaving it in a ‘Delayed’ status, and so, on April 16, 2015, Roof was permitted to purchase his Glock.”

Roof was convicted in December of 33 hate-related crimes from an attack on an African-American church where he killed nine people. The plaintiffs claim the FBI failed to manage its own database or perform a proper background check on Roof when he purchased the handgun and applied for a background check, adding that a prior arrest—for possession of medication without a prescription—should have eliminated him from purchasing the weapon.

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