Top Trump Pentagon nominee: It's 'insane' that civilians can buy semiautomatic assault rifles

Winslow is the nominee for assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.

— -- A Trump administration nominee for a top Pentagon job told Congress on Tuesday that it's "insane" civilians can buy semiautomatic assault rifles — like the type used in Sunday's deadly church shooting in Texas.

Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 and pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-wife with his hands and choking her, as well as striking and hitting his stepson "with a force likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm," according to the Air Force.

He was sentenced to 12 months of confinement.

Winslow, a retired Air Force colonel who served six tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, later said the type of discharge would lie more with the legal branch of the military than the health system that he is nominated to lead.

"We've taken responsibility, and we're going to find out what happened and fix it," Wilson said Tuesday.

She added that the Air Force doesn't know if Kelley is the only case in which a court-martial conviction was not reported to the FBI but said the branch is "checking all" its databases to find out what happened.

On Monday the Air Force launched a review of how the service handled Kelley's criminal records after his 2012 domestic-violence-related convictions. The service requested that the Department of Defense Inspector General review records and procedures across all the military's branches.

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