FBI: Accused killer in Charleston church massacre should not have been able to buy gun


Dylann Roof -Mug shot from Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina – The FBI says the accused killer in the Charleston church massacre should not have been able to buy a gun.

Officials said a background check failure allowed Dylann Roof to illegally purchase a .45-caliber Glock handgun on April 11, NBC News reports.

FBI director James Comey says the examiner involved in the background check never saw an arrest report in which police say Roof admitted to possessing drugs.

That admission should have disqualified Roof.

But the sale went through after three days because the examiner did not have enough information to deny it.

Law enforcement officials previously said the transaction was entirely legal, despite his pending drug charge, NBC News reports.

“We are all sick this happened,” FBI director James B. Comey said. “We wish we could turn back time.”

According to an arrest warrant from a February incident, Roof had an unlabeled pill bottle with a drug believed to be suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction. Roof told police a friend gave him drugs.

Federal law prohibits the sale of a gun to anyone who is “under indictment” for a felony, according to NBC News.


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