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Charleston Shooter Was Able to Buy Gun Because of a Clerical Error

roofThe FBI said a few days ago that a flaw in its background check system allowed Dylann Roof to obtain the weapon he used to kill nine people in a Charleston church. And today more information has come out about how exactly Roof was able to obtain that weapon.

A South Carolina sheriff told the Associated Press that a Lexington County jail employee input the wrong information into a state database after Roof was arrested on a drug charge.

The wrong information was reportedly corrected, but it did not show up in a database the FBI checks, and before the FBI was able to obtain the right information, the waiting period expired and Roof was able to buy the gun.

Roof is facing charges of murder, while law enforcement weighs charges against people who may have had advance knowledge of his plans.

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