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Graham to announce background prosecution bill Wednesday

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By Stefanie Bainum

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mark Begich (R-AK) will introduce legislation Wednesday afternoon to prevent gun violence through stronger background check prosecutions.

Graham held a press conference in February in which he said the country's background check system failed when Alice Boland legally bought a gun in Walterboro after having a history of mental illness.

City of Charleston police say the 28-year-old Boland drew a gun on an Ashley Hall administrators at the carpool line in downtown Charleston on Feb. 4 with dozens of students in the area.

At the press conference in February, Graham said there was plenty of blame to go around for what happened, including with him.

"I should have known this. I think every member of Congress deserves some blame for not understanding that you could be found not guilty by reason of insanity for threatening to kill the President of the United States and you can still pass a background check," Graham said.

"To me this is exhibit A of a broken system. How can it be that the background check would allow her to buy a gun?" he asked.

Graham's office said Tuesday shortly after noon that the bill's introduction would likely happen later this week.

ABCNews4 will live stream this event and you can follow along on Twitter.

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