Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Earlier this month, Charleston Police say a mentally ill woman showed up at a Charleston private school. She was armed with a handgun, pointed it at the school's director, and pulled the trigger.
There were 50 students just yards away. The gun misfired, and police arrested Alice Boland at the scene. The federal courts found Boland mentally ill, but the gun shop that sold her the handgun three days earlier had no way of checking that information.
Attorney General Alan Wilson, solicitors, law enforcement, and lawmakers want to change that.
"Right now, all gun dealers have is when you're buying a firearm, there's a check box that asks if you've ever been adjudicated mentally ill. They have to take your word for it," said Wilson.
Lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would flag the certified mentally ill inside the database gun dealers use for criminal background checks.
"Under the law, they have to knowingly sell that to the individual, but with this system, we will be able to monitor these people who are applying for these gun applications and be able to red flag them when we need to," said Florence County Sheriff Kenny Boone.
Michel Faliero has four girls at the Charleston school that sparked this legislation. Parents there, she says, want to see this bill become law.
"Our group has parents at both extremes," said Faliero. "We understand the issues. I think this one is a very simple one. It's narrow. It's just about reporting, and in our case I think if this law were in place, Alice Boland would not have been allowed to buy that gun and the incident at Ashley Hall would not have happened. Our kids would not have been put in danger."
South Carolina is only one of 12 states that does not have some sort of mandatory mental illness reporting to gun sellers. The attorney general stresses this is not restricting gun rights because this bill would only require reporting the mentally ill to the criminal database gun dealers use for background checks.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>