Sanford agrees to push to close 'Charleston Loophole' after town hall meeting

Sanford agrees to push to close 'Charleston Loophole' after town hall meeting
Rep. Mark Sanford attended a town hall meeting on gun violence Saturday at Burke High School. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Congressman Mark Sanford participated in a town hall on Saturday where he and concerned students, parents, local activists and citizens discussed gun violence.

The event lasted more than two hours inside the Burke High School auditorium. Dozens of people attended the town hall forum.

People who attended brought up topics like banning assault rifles, funding from the NRA, and other issues that have taken the national spotlight recently.

"He dodged maybe a couple of points, but really I think he got to the essence of most of the questions," organizer Isabel Root said. "And if he didn't, then people were sure to remind him where to come back."

At the end of the town hall, Sanford said he would go back to Congress and push for a change to the Charleston Loophole, which is the law that lets people buy weapons without a background check if it takes more than 3 days to complete the check.

"I think that, you know, we need to have real enforcement on those measures, so that the people who shouldn't have a gun, don't end up with a gun," Sanford said.

Sanford said he wants to raise the number of days from three to five. That loophole allowed Dylan Roof, who was sentenced to death for the June 17, 2015, massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church, to buy a gun.

Several high school students who organized the event said they thought Sanford was receptive to the feedback he received. Some of them are seniors who say they want to pursue politics in some way while they study at college.

"There's this whole movement organized by those victims of the Parkland shooting to try to change something, and we were happy to support that and try to further that goal," organizer Will Donnellon said.

Sanford said he remains a major proponent of the second amendment. But he was inspired by the students' conviction at the event.

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