State bill to tighten up mentally ill reporting
S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson said today he and other law enforcement officials will urge the Legislature to pass a bill forbidding sales of guns to anyone determined by a court to be mentally ill.
The bill -- to be discussed in detail Tuesday in Columbia -- is a direct response to news of Alice Boland’s ability to buy a pistol legally. She is accused of using the gun to threaten Ashley Hall school officials earlier this month.
Wilson said the bill would ensure those found by South Carolina courts to be mentally ill have their names forwarded to the keepers of a federal gun registry.
Gun control has reemerged nationwide as an issue after the massacre of 26 teachers and students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“Newtown had it on our radar,” Wilson said, “but Ashley Hall brought it home to us.”
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