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.
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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.