Mary Geren, a Democrat running against Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, is calling for stricter gun laws following a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed at least 59 people and wounded hundreds. “It is time for all Americans to discuss common sense gun legislation, including universal background checks, supported by almost 90 percent of Americans, Republican and Democrat alike,” Geren said. “We also need stronger oversight of gun trafficking and online sales.” Duncan, meanwhile, is currently leading a bill that promotes gun noise suppressors, under the auspices that it would protect hunters’ hearing. Duncan said Oct. 2 he is praying for the victims and police officers in Las Vegas. — Chris Trainor

Tim Scott Thinks Everyone Should Stand for National Anthem 

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, doesn’t think NFL players should protest during the national anthem. “I think every man, woman, child should stand for the national anthem. That should go without question,” Scott told CNBC. Scott did ask that people consider why players are kneeling during the anthem. (The demonstrations started a year ago when Colin Kaepernick stopped standing for the anthem in protest of police officers killing unarmed black men.) “If we were able to reinforce the fact that we all should stand and delve into the challenges that have some players kneeling, we’ll be in a better place as a country,” Scott said. — Chris Trainor

Westinghouse Document Warned Reactors Were “At Risk” Years Ago

An internal Westinghouse document from 2011 shows that company officials knew there might be issues with constructing new nuclear reactors at V.C. Summer. According to The Post and Courier’s Andrew Brown, the Westinghouse analysis “outlined how the company didn’t have the staff, structure or experience needed to manage the engineering and construction work required to build its new AP1000 reactors. It predicted that the company could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in its quest to develop and build a new generation of nuclear power plants.” The Post and Courier previously reported that Westinghouse and other contractors used unlicensed workers to design parts of the two new reactors at V.C. Summer, a project that has now been abandoned. — Chris Trainor

Potential Buyers for Santee Cooper Lining Up 

Meanwhile, at least four companies have expressed interest in purchasing Santee Cooper, the state-owned power utility. Three of those companies are Duke, Southern Co. and Dominion Energy, according to The Post and Courier. The fourth company is not yet known. The sale of Santee Cooper would have to be approved by the Legislature. “[Gov. Henry McMaster] is continuing to work with companies interested in purchasing some or all of Santee Cooper, and he remains solely focused on what is best for ratepayers and South Carolina taxpayers,” gubernatorial spokesman Brian Symmes said. The governor has been interested in selling Santee Cooper since the construction of two new nuclear reactors at V.C. Summer was abandoned. — Chris Trainor

Former DJJ Officer Pleads Guilty

A former Department of Juvenile Justice officer has pleaded guilty in a case in which she was accused of hogtying inmates. Nicole Jenice Samples reportedly ordered subordinates to hogtie two inmates because they were making noise on New Year’s Day. They were reportedly left restrained in that manner for two hours. DJJ forbids hogtying of inmates. Samples pleaded guilty in federal court and could face 20 years in prison. — Chris Trainor

SC National Guard Deployed to Puerto Rico

About 150 South Carolina Army National Guard Troops are headed to help in the relief efforts in Puerto Rico following the devastation brought by Hurricane Maria, The State reported. Gov. Henry McMaster made the announcement on the troop deployment on Sept. 28, saying, “The people of Puerto Rico have had our thoughts and prayers throughout this devastating and trying time.” The troops come from the 178th Engineer Battalion from Rock Hill and 122nd Engineer Battalion from Edgefield. Their job will entail infrastructure repair as part of a 750-soldier task force. A spokesperson for the National Guard said the troops may be on the island for more than a month. — David Travis Bland

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