South Carolina officials are making improvements to a system used by gun stores to make sure a person is legally able to buy a firearm. The U.S. Justice Department awarded a $900,000 grant to South Carolina as it sets up the National Instant Criminal Background System.
This comes after South Carolina lawmakers voted this year to require that judges add the names of those deemed mentally unfit to own a gun into that database.
State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said the money will hire seven temporary employees who must add 10 years of names to the database
“This will allow us to actually implement the program and conduct the training for judges throughout the state of South Carolina so that they will know what they need to do,” said Berry.
The new law was passed after a woman tried to shoot a school official in Charleston earlier this year. It was later revealed that woman had been ruled unfit to own a gun, but there was no system in place to notify gun sellers.