FBI: we screwed up the background check on the Charleston church killer
From ABC News. The story is somewhat off, tho, when it says the problem was that the check system did not note that he'd been caught with drugs:
"When Roof first tried to buy the weapon from a dealer on April 11, an FBI examiner spent several days determining whether the sale should be approved. The examiner missed Roof's previous admission to drug possession during an arrest, which under FBI guidelines should have barred him from buying a gun, according to Comey."
It was a delayed approval, so presumably the check turned up his arrest, and the examiner then had to figure out if it resulted on a prohibiting event. It turns out that it was a felony arrest for drug possession, and those charges were apparently still pending. A person under felony charges can continue to possess firearms, but cannot receive any additional ones. 18 U.S.C. §922(n) ("It shall be unlawful for any person who is under indictment for a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year to ... receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.") When the examiner followed up on the arrest, they should have found it was for a felony and the charges were still pending, and thus should have blocked the sale.
UPDATE: Bloomberg's Everytown is claiming that this proves the the waiting period for clearing up "delayed" cases should be longer. It concedes the dealer waited five days. How long does it take for the background examiner to call the prosecutor's office and ask if the case is still pending? The most logical conclusion is that someone dropped the ball, not that it would take many days to make one quick phone call.