Public Hearing on Guns to be Held in Columbia

Public Hearing on Gun Issues

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- A special committee taking up guns issues is holding its final public hearing at the State House on Thursday night.

It is the last of four locations that lawmakers on this committee will be going to.

So far, they've been to Greenville, Charleston, and Hartsville, giving folks from around the state a chance to talk to lawmakers in person.

While the tone of these hearings has slightly varied from across the state, they mainly surround one issue: the so-called Charleston Loophole.

That refers to the Charleston church shooter's ability to get the gun he used to kill 9 people, after the FBI failed to return the results of a background check within the 3 days.

Last session, lawmakers failed to pass an extended background check from 3 days to 28 days.

Many at previous hearings voiced their opinions for keeping the laws just as they are.

Those on that side are saying it wasn't a loophole at all, that the agencies tasked to do background checks simply failed to do their jobs in time.

A panel of both republican and democratic lawmakers are doing this in an effort to hear how people from around the state feel before re-introducing legislation next session.

The hearing tonight in the Gressette building Room 105, on the State House complex from 6 p.m. to 8p.m.
 


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