The survivors and families of those slaughtered by Dylann Roof when he walked into a church in South Carolina and shot churchgoers are now able to sue the U.S. government, thanks to a new ruling by the US Circuit Court of Appeals. The rule overturns a lower court’s ruling that served to protect the government from any liability, according to CNN.
During the investigation, FBI Director James Comey found that Roof was able to purchase the firearm that he used due to a lapse in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Prior to the deadly shooting, Roof was arrested on a drug charge that would have raised a red flag and prohibited him from purchasing a gun—if it had been properly reported during the initial background check.
The family of the victims sued the government alleging that if the background check had been done appropriately, Roof would not have been able to purchase the firearm that eventually killed their loved ones.