The Rifle Mass Shooter Devin Patrick Kelley Used and How he was DENIED License to Carry

Reports are coming out that the gunman in the Texas church massacre used a Ruger AR-556 which comes in 5.56 NATO/223 REM caliber. The caliber used in the shooting is not specified. 

Devin Patrick Kelley purchased the rifle in a sporting goods store in San Antonio back in April 2016, so it was not a recent purchase.

When he filled out the background check paperwork at the store he indicated he had no record criminal record that would keep him from owning a gun, a law enforcement official reported.


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According to CBS: Kelley is a former U.S. Air Force member who served from 2010 to 2014. Records confirm Kelley previously served in logistics readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico until his discharge in 2014, Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek said in a statement. Kelley, who received several service awards during his time with the Air Force, was responsible for moving passengers, cargo and personal property in military transportation.

Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 for two counts of assault on his then-wife and assault on their child, Stefanek said. He received a bad conduct discharge, and reduction in rank and confinement for 12 months.

The Air Force tells CBS News Kelley’s case was a general court martial, the most serious level of military trial proceedings. It is reserved for more serious criminal allegations, those substantially similar to felonies in civilian jurisdictions. 


Texas Governor Greg Abbott stated that Kelley attempted to get a Texas license to carry, but was denied.

Multiple mainstream media sources have tried to find out the magazine capacity which Kelley used in the shooting.

All that has been specified are the types of guns. According to officials, there were multiple firearms owned by Kelley and brought to the scene of the crime:

He purchased four weapons in total, in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 –two were bought in Colorado, two in Texas, ATF officials said. Three weapons were recovered  at the scene — a Ruger 556 rifle found at the church, and two handguns, a Glock 9mm and a Ruger 22, found in his car, according to Fred Milanowski, special agent in charge of the ATF Houston.

Ruger has a suggested retail price of $799 for the AR-556.


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