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Haley signs bill reforming state's criminal domestic violence laws

A gun ban for people convicted of domestic violence is now law in South Carolina.

Gov. Nikki Haley signed the Domestic Violence Reform Act into law Thursday morning surrounded by advocates and lawmakers that helped push the bill through.

The law includes harsher penalties for offenders, a gun ban -- with some offenses earning a lifetime ban -- and education for middle school students about domestic violence.

 Haley said the bill accomplishes plenty, but there's more work to be done.

"We really don't know how many domestic violence issues we have," Haley said. "When we had the last task force meeting, what we found is that law enforcement doesn't always say whether it's domestic violence or not. Law enforcement doesn't say whether children are involved."

Attorney General Alan Wilson, who also played a big role in passing the bill, was out of town during the signing, but released a statement praising the governor for signing the bill.

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