Call for Navy security review

US politicians are calling for a review into how the suspected gunman in Monday's rampage at the Washington Navy Yard received and maintained a security clearance, despite a history of violent episodes.

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Senators call for review of security clearance process

US politicians are calling for a review into how the suspected gunman in Monday's rampage at the Washington Navy Yard received and maintained a security clearance, despite a history of violent episodes.

Lawmakers say this most recent incident shows serious flaws in the federal government's process for issuing security clearances and vetting contractors - an issue laid bare earlier this year by former National Security Agency contractor turned whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Democratic Senators Claire McCaskill and Jon Tester plan to send a letter to the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general, demanding answers about how Alexis' background check was conducted for his security clearance.

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FBI: Deceased gunman 'entered Navy base with shotgun'

An FBI spokeswoman said they believe Mr Alexis entered the complex with a shotgun, and then gained access to handgun once inside the Navy base. A spokeswoman said:

We believe that Aaron Alexis entered the building [...] complex with a shotgun. We do not have any information at this time that he had an air 15 in his possession. We also believe Mr Alexis may have gained access to a handgun once inside the facility, and after he began shooting.

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