By MEG KINNARD
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's top prosecutor says this should be the year that lawmakers pass comprehensive criminal domestic violence legislation.
Attorney General Alan Wilson told reporters at the Statehouse on Tuesday that lawmakers should quickly pass a bill to implement a range of penalties for criminal domestic violence offenses.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin of Pickens has proposed a bill that would prevent abusers from possession a gun while under protective court orders. Those convicted of domestic violence could not have a gun for a decade after they finish their sentence.
The bill is to be considered later Tuesday by a Senate subcommittee.
Wilson's office has said that more than 36,000 people annually report a domestic violence incident to law enforcement agencies around South Carolina.