Convicted Felon Passed FBI Background Check To Buy Gun Used To Shoot 3 Cops

Authorities are investigating how Marlin Mack managed to purchase the gun he used to shoot three Kansas City officers.

Kansas City, MO Authorities are investigating how a convicted felon who Tulsa police called one of Tulsas most dangerous criminals managed to walk into a gun store, pass a background check, and legally purchase the weapon he would use to shoot three Kansas City police officers the next day.

Police said surveillance video captured 25-year-old convicted felon Marlin Mack on July 6 walking into J's Fish and Chicken Market at 54th and Prospect, where he fatally shot a graduate student who was working there, WDAF reported.

Mack was spotted by undercover officers at the Sky Vue motel on July 15, after a nine-day manhunt.

When he realized hed be found, he reacted immediately.

He just popped up all of the sudden and engaged the officer, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith said.

Mack shot and wounded two Kansas City officers at the motel, and fled in a car. Police chased him to a home on 29th and Topping Avenue where a standoff began.

During the hours-long standoff, Mack shot another Kansas City police officer, WDAF reported. Police returned fire and Mack was killed in the gun battle.

Afterward, investigators discovered that Mack had purchased an AK-47 pistol the day before the shootout at The Armory KC.

Police learned that Mack, who had been in and out of prison for years, had passed the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) background check for purchasing firearms despite the fact he was a convicted felon and should have immediately popped up in the database, WDAF reported.

Sources told WDAF that when The Armory KC ran Macks FBI background check, the system returned Proceed to Transfer, meaning that Mack wasnt flagged in any of the databases used to vet gun buyers.

When he was 17, Mack used a MAC-10 pistol in a violent attack and robbery of a woman in front of her children in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then tried to kill a witness who called the police.

He needs to be warehoused until he is old and decrepit," Tulsa Police Sergeant Dave Walker said at the time. He is matter of fact. He just sits there and has no conscience whatsoever, so those are the ones that will eventually kill somebody."

As a result, the convicted felon had a more powerful new gun with which to shoot three Kansas City officers the next day.

WDAF was referred to the FBIs Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg, West Virginia, by the Kansas City FBI field office for more information about how the background check could have failed.

The division responsible for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System told WDAF they needed more time to research the matter before responding.

The system, which was created by the Brady Act and launched by the FBI in 1998, has had a number of high-profile failures in recent years.

Dylann Roof, who committed the 2015 Charleston church terrorist attack that left nine people dead, was able to legally purchase the weapon he used because of a failure of the FBIs background check system, according to The Washington Post.

In the Sutherland Springs church shooting on Nov. 5, 2017, the shooters domestic violence court-martial conviction should have prevented him from purchasing the AR-556 semi-automatic rifle he used to murder 26 people and wound 20 others.

However, the U.S. Air Force failed to register the conviction with the FBIs database, and Devin Kelly had been able to legally purchase a total of four guns over four years, The New York Times reported.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was also investigating the failure of the background check system in Macks case, but told WDAF they could not comment because the investigation was ongoing.

Comments (15)
No. 1-9

Piece of crap should have been put down a very long time ago. He 's fortune to have even lived this long! God bless, completely heal to full recovery the injured officers GOD BLESS, KEEP SAFE AND PROTECT EVERY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER and THEIR LOVED ONES! BLUE LIVES MATTER MORE!


Just about 6% of total US population of these same scum (of 12% total ) show up on this site in a hugely disproportionate manner. Anyone else notice?


Nothing new from the feds......despite their so-called reputation. Tho I want to know where he got "investigators discovered that Mack had purchased an AK-47 pistol " ?? I'd love one lol


Good old FBI again, huh?


I didn't know there was such a weapon " ak-47 pistol", I would like to see what this weapon looks like. Must be difficult to fire on auto.