Communities across the nation are remembering the 14 students and 3 staff members gunned down at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. The tragedy sparked a campaign across the country for gun control, including here in Souoth Carolina.
Just days after the death of the 17 students and staff members, 2 bills were immediately filed in the South Carolina House of Representatives. One of the bills called for active shooter drills in schools. The other bill proposed a ban on firearm accessories like bump stocks.
This year lawmakers are once again continuing the conversation on gun control and mass violence.
Representative Seth Rose is on of several sponsors on a bill this year that extends background checks from 3 to 5 days. The bill also requires court clerks to immediately report violent convictions for potential gun owners.
“There’s plenty of examples where we have rights but we have common sense restrictions on them. This is not taking anyone’s ability to own or weapon away. It is common sense to make sure we are not selling guns to those who should not have them to those the law would say should not have it,” explained Representative Rose.
Lawmakers have also filed a bill that would require background checks for gun sales at events like gun shows.
In addition, to gun control lawmakers are also looking to address mental health, especially in the schools.
Governor Henry McMaster addressed the Parkland shooting at a press conference Thursday morning. The governor explained what he’s asking the General Assembly to do to also keep students safe.
“The Department of Mental Health does not have the capacity to provide mental health consultation and evaluation throughout the state and I’ve asked the legislation to fix that. That’s another part of our plan to make schools safe and that needs to be done this session.”
In the mental health discussion lawmakers have filed a bill that would give school administration the authority to refer students for a mental health evaluation.
Governor McMaster is also calling for the state to put a school resource officer in every school in the state.