The powerful chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee said he does not plan to hold hearings on any additional gun-related bills after that advanced to his committee last month.
Martin’s decision means certain gun restriction bills, such as one that would expand the waiting period for background checks prior to a sale are highly unlikely to even be considered this year. That legislation was proposed following the murders of nine people at a Charleston church last June. In that case, the FBI was not able to finish a background check on accused shooter Dylann Roof in the three-day window requiring even approval or rejection of a gun sale.
Martin told the newspaper he personally does not support the expanded waiting period bills or other gun-control measures such as gun registration or a ban on assault weapons, so he will not allow them a hearing.
With a difficult reelection race looming, the chairman was also worried that even scheduling hearings on such bills would lead to angry mailings from out-of-state groups opposed to gun control efforts.