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More than 4,000 names have been added to the country's list of ex-military members banned from owning firearms since the Sutherland Springs massacre last November, a CNN report has found.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, the US Air Force came under fire after admitting it failed to submit the gunman's name to the FBI's background check system - even though he had been kicked out of the military for assaulting his wife, which should have prevented him from owning a firearm under federal law.
Still, the ex-airman was able to purchase a semiautomatic rifle that he used to kill 26 people and injure 20 others at the First Baptist Church church in Texas, exposing a massive hole in the nation's background check system.
Since then, 4,284 names have been added to the FBI's list of dishonorably discharged military personnel banned from owning firearms - an increase of 38 per cent.
It is the law that anyone who receives a dishonorable or misconduct discharge should automatically get banned from owning a firearm.
The FBI's list of banned servicemen and women hovered at about 11,000 since 2015, but that number jumped to 14,825 in November and then to 15,583 in December.
Now, the number stands at 15,597, the review of FBI statistics found.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5382441/Military-adds-4-000-ex-members-gun-ban-list.html