A panel of state senators plans to hold a series of meetings statewide to get the public’s feedback on background checks for buying guns.
The hearings are an effort after a measure to extend the time for gun background checks dies in the General Assembly.
According to the Charleston Post and Courier, the hearings come after bills introduced by Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington and Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, seeking to extend the background checks from three days to 28 days.
Many advocates point to the background check waiting period after accused Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann Roof was able to buy a pistol two months before nine parishioners were shot to death in June 2015.
Roof should not have been able to buy the gun because of a pending charge of possessing illegal drugs. A mistake by the FBI in conducting the background check held up the report longer than the required three days for the report. Since the FBI had not returned a decision within three days, Roof was allowed to purchase the weapon.
Meetings are being held on Sept. 15 at the Greenville County Council Chambers, at the College of Charleston’s Stern Center Ballroom at 6 p.m. Oct. 3, Oct. 18 at Coker College in Hartsville, and Oct. 27 at the L. Marion Gressette Building in Columbia.