So, it turns out that more gun control wouldn’t have prevented the horrific Charleston shooting on June 17. Alleged shooter Dylann Roof’s pending drug charge wasn’t entered properly into the federal national background check database, allowing him to purchase a weapon(via WaPo):
In a meeting with reporters at FBI headquarters, [FBI Director James] Comey said failures in the gun purchase screening system enabled Roof to acquire the weapon used in an attack that authorities have said was motivated by Roof’s racist views, and whose political repercussions led South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from its statehouse grounds this week.
Roof’s ability to purchase the gun has been a focus for investigators since the June 17 attack. Roof had been arrested for possession of narcotics in February, a felony charge that should have surfaced on criminal databases and prevented him from buying a weapon at a gun store.
But Comey indicated that the data was not properly entered in federal criminal justice computer systems, or had been mishandled by an analyst with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System [NICS].