At the time Kelley purchased the Ruger, he reported a Colorado Springs, Colorado address on his Firearms Transaction Record, Form 4473, a federal form. This fact alone should have disqualified Kelley from ever purchasing the assault rifle. Kelley’s identification indicated he was a resident of Colorado—not Texas. Thus, he never should have been sold the very weapon he used in the Sutherland Springs shooting as it would be illegal for Kelley to ever transport that gun to his residence. Rather, Defendant, upon Kelley purchasing the weapon, should have transferred the firearm to Colorado, for Kelley, a Colorado resident, to retrieve. The Ruger should have never been placed in Kelley’s hands in Texas. Importantly this incident is not the first incident of Academy failing to follow applicable laws—though it is, the first incident that resulted in the deaths of 26 innocent people and injuries to an additional 20 people.
The lawyer who wrote that needs to be disbarred.