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    Retailer Broke Law by Selling Rifle Used in Sutherland Springs Church Attack
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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TX - NOVEMBER 5: Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. At least 20 people were reportedly killed and 24 injured when a gunman, identified as Devin P. Kelley, 26, allegedly entered the church during a service and opened fire. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

    Federal prosecutors say a sporting goods retailer violated the law by selling an AR-15-style rifle and large capacity magazine to a man who used them to kill more than two dozen worshippers at a Texas church.

    The Department of Justice said Tuesday in a San Antonio court fling that Devin Kelley presented a Colorado driver's license at an Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Texas to buy the rifle and ammunition.

    Prosecutors say federal law requires Academy to comply with Colorado statutes that would have prohibited the sale.

    Academy declined comment Thursday.

    Prosecutors want to add Academy as a responsible third party in an ongoing lawsuit .

    Kelley fired at least 450 rounds in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in November 2017. Authorities say he shot himself to death.

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