COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It would be tougher for someone like Dylann Roof to buy a gun in South Carolina under a bill proposed jointly by a Democratic and a Republican lawmaker.
Authorities would have five days to do a background check instead of the current three. Courts would have to report guilty verdicts to a state database within 10 days. And any restraining orders, bonds or other items that might prevent someone from buying a gun would have to be reported within two days.
A pending drug charge might have prevented Roof from buying the gun that he used to kill nine black worshippers. But those details didn't turn up in time because of bad information in the state database.
Sens. Marlon Kimpson and Greg Gregory plan to discuss their bill Wednesday morning.