Midlands policy maker tackles gun reform


COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA)- All eyes are on congressional and state lawmakers to act and make changes to the country’s gun laws following the murder of more than 2 dozen people in El Paso and Dayton.

South Carolina lawmakers have yet to pass legislation to reform gun laws in the state, but now local leaders are taking matters into their own hands.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin is one of many policy makers calling for change in the wake of the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

The Columbia mayor is bringing 3 ordinances to city council for consideration. One proposed ordinance expands protection orders.

“It allows a judge to evaluate the situation and if in fact they are a threat to themselves or others to remove firearms from that home for a period of time,” explained Mayor Benjamin.

Another proposal reinforces gun free zones and keeping firearms 1000 feet away from a school.

The third ordinance being proposed defines hate crimes locally.

Mayor Benjamin continued, “So many of these shootings particularly in El Paso are fueled by someone hating someone for their race, the color of their skin.”

Those three ordinances are up for a reading at the next city council meeting, which is August 20, 2019.

South Carolina lawmakers are considering proposals and have plans to file additional bills at the state level to limit access to firearms. Hate crime bills are also up for discussion.

Columbia was also the first city to ban bump stocks following the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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