Senators to push legislation closing 'Charleston Loophole'

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two state senators are set to address the gap in laws that allowed convicted Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann Roof to buy a pistol in a news conference about gun legislation Wednesday.

Authorities say a background check flagged Dylann Roof — a repeat offender — when he went to buy a gun, but a dealer was allowed to sell one to him after a three-day waiting period. Roof took the gun and killed nine black parishioners at Mother Emanuel, including the senators' colleague, Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

Legislators have called it the "Charleston Loophole."

Senators Marlon Kimpson and Greg Gregory have scheduled a news conference at 11 a.m. at the State House in Columbia. They plan to file a bill with several measures to tighten the law, according to a news release:

The first centers on bringing uniformity toward the reporting of dispositions by the SC Court of General Sessions and other lower courts. The bill stipulates that these courts report each case to SLED within ten days. They are also to report within 48 hours the issuance of any restraining orders, orders of protection, orders preventing a person from possessing a firearm, orders issued to prevent acts of domestic violence, or those related to stalking, intimidation or harassment of another person as well as orders for bond.

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