US Senate Panel to Hold Hearing on Weapons Regulations in Wake of Texas Shooting

US Senate Panel to Hold Hearing on Weapons Regulations in Wake of Texas Shooting
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The US Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on firearm background checks on November 14, Chairman Chuck Grassley said in a press release. The announcement comes after a number of deadly mass shootings in the US states of Nevada and Texas, which prompted a new wave of debates on gun control.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — “The Senate Committee on the judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled: “Firearm Accessory Regulation and Enforcing Federal and State Reporting at the National Instant Criminal Background Check System” for Tuesday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m.,” Grassley said on Tuesday.

Meantime, the US Senator Richard Blumenthal said in a letter on Tuesday to the US Defense Secretary James Mattis that Pentagon must swiftly integrate military criminal records into the FBI national database for background checks to prevent incidents like the recent massacre in Texas.

Blumenthal said the Defense Department lacks a process to ensure US military criminal records are properly entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

On Monday, the Defense Department said it launched an internal probe into how former airman Devin Patrick Kelley’s domestic violence criminal records were handled in the wake of the deadly shooting in Texas, where 26 people were killed in a church on Sunday evening.

According to the US media reports, Devin Kelley has received a bad conduct discharge from the United States Air Force after being convicted for assaulting his wife and step-child and subsequently being imprisoned for 12 months. He was dishonorably discharged from the Air Force.

The Sunday massacre in Sutherland Springs came about a month after another gunman opened fire on concert-goers in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 others.

The two shootings are among the deadliest in the United States in nearly 70 years.

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