Limehouse files bill aimed at preventing Ariz.-type shooting in S.C.

Chip Limehouse

COLUMBIA — State Rep. Chip Limehouse has an idea he thinks could help prevent a deadly shooting like the one Jared Lee Loughner is accused of carrying out in Arizona.

Limehouse, R-Charleston, said he is drafting a bill that would require local law enforcement be automatically informed if a student is kicked out of college or leaves voluntarily, because he or she has made threats or been identified as having behavioral issues.

Signs of an alleged unstable mental state were identified by those who knew Loughner. The 22-year-old man is being held without bail as the suspect in the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson.

According to a columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group, Loughner’s philosophy instructor at Pima Community College said: “(Loughner’s) thoughts were unrelated to anything in our world.”

Classmate Lydian Ali said, “He was very disconnected from reality.”

Limehouse said he is writing the bill today and will file it when the Legislature returns on Tuesday.

The bill would require records be forwarded to local law enforcement, “so they have information that might save lives in the future,” Limehouse said.