Lawmakers in Charleston, South Carolina - where white supremacist Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people at a predominantly black church - are in the process of loosening their gun control laws. Although some attempts were made to increase the importance of background checks in the gun-buying process, those bills were ultimately forgone in favor of loosened restrictions on current gun owners.
More specifically, some of the proposed bills would have increased the background check waiting period from three days to five and would have shortened the time during which a person’s criminal history must be reported. The bills also would have stiffened penalties for those prohibited from purchasing a gun but who try to buy one anyway, according to The Charlotte Observer. Unfortunately, the crafting of these propositions took longer than expected and deadlines were not met, meaning pro-gun control politicians will have to wait until the next session to try again. It is unclear whether Gov. Henry McMaster would have signed off on the restrictions anyway.
Instead, a bill that would allow residents to carry guns – concealed or openly – without a permit or training, made it through.
The loosened restrictions have already passed the House and will be considered by the Senate this week; McMaster has already expressed his approval. A similar bill has also popped up in North Carolina.
Nearby in Horry County, elected officials are debating passing a law that would address the problem of stray bullets from target practices in residential areas. It is possible that Second Amendment advocates would attempt to fight the law, as they would see it as a violation of their rights.
Unsurprisingly, South Carolina ranks amongst the top 10 states when it comes to the amount of gun deaths.