When Background Checks Fail

This convicted felon, with a long rap sheet and history of mental problems, somehow passed a federal FBI background check at a gun shop.

Even though his extensive criminal records were in the system, officials say, Kenan Abraman was able to pass an FBI background check at a gun shop in Indiana.
Even though his extensive criminal records were in the system, officials say, Kenan Abraman was able to pass an FBI background check at a gun shop in Indiana.photo from guns.com

This story out of Indiana highlights a huge problem with the state of gun control legislation in this country.

Perhaps every anti-gunner who shouts for “more background checks” should start complaining about the current required federal background checks and how they’re performed.

A convicted felon, who was found “not guilty by reason of insanity” when he stabbed his sister in 2009 and then a manager at a Walmart in 2014, filled out a Form 4473 at a gun shop, lying multiple times while doing so.

Then, somehow, his background check was approved by the FBI in mere minutes, and he purchased two brand new handguns.

The convicted felon with mental problems then used one of those guns to shoot his landlord when he came calling for the rent money about six hours later.

This story from fox43.com says Kenan Abraman, aka Rodney Patterson, then barricaded himself in his apartment.

“We found him behind the door. He was wearing a helmet, a motorcycle type helmet, a lot of thick clothing along with two firearms and some knives,” Muncie Police Detective Nathan Sloan said in the story.

Abraman’s rap sheet also included charges of theft, robbery, and criminal recklessness. How he passed the background check is a mystery. State police have laid the blame squarely at the foot of the FBI, which is responsible for conducting background checks for gun purchases.

“They operate off the information that’s provided to them and apparently this time, it slipped through the cracks,” Sloan said in the story. “Given his past and what we knew about him, he shouldn’t have been able to obtain these guns.”

“Indiana State Police Capt. Dave Bursten told local media Abraman’s record appears in the system — under both of his assumed names. He said its the FBI’s job to figure out why the background check still cleared.”

The story says, in April, a Delaware County judge sentenced Abraman to 20 years in prison for the attempted murder of his landlord.

He is currently receiving treatment at the Indiana County Department of Corrections’ psychiatric wing, according to multiple reports.