Ashley Hall parents hope stricter gun law passes in Columbia

Ashley Hall parents hope gun measure passes in Columbia

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Several parents of students at Ashley Hall School will be traveling to Columbia, for the sake of their children's safety.

That is where Senate bill 413 will go before the judiciary subcommittee.  The bill seeks to prohibit a person adjudicated mentally incapacitated or committed to a mental institution from possessing or acquiring a handgun.

Last month, Alice Boland allegedly tried to shoot people outside of Ashley Hall School.  Court documents show Boland had a history of mental illness.

"The more we learned about it, the more absurd to us it seemed that Alice Boland was able to buy her gun," parent Michel Faliero says.

Faliero, along with several other parents plan to attend the hearing.

"I think it will make a difference," parent Anna Murray says about attending.  "It's something that happened just outside of our school.  It brought it home how important it is to change this in our state and I think that's when things start to happen."

The bill is co-sponsored by State Rep. Chip Campsen (R) – District 43.

Under the proposal, information contained in mental health commitment and treatment records could be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The committee convenes on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

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