The pastor of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston was in Columbia to testify Tuesday before a state Senate subcommittee in favor of extended deadlines on background checks for gun purchases.
“This bill, which you are doing, I do applaud,” Pastor Eric Manning said. “I do thank you very much, of course, from the members of Mother Emanuel (AME Church), we thank you for taking that initial step.”
A gunman shot and killed nine African-American parishioners during a Bible study at Mother Emanuel in June 2015. The FBI later admitted the shooter Dylann Roof should not have been able to purchase the gun, but communication errors led the agency to halt its investigation once the required three-day maximum for background checks expired.
The Senate bill under consideration would extend the time allowed for a background check to five days. It also gives courts more time to notify SLED if a court rules someone is prohibited from possessing a gun or buying one. Click here to read the bill. [Read more…]