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Gun owners still have questions after Boland Bill passes

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By Ava Wilhite
awilhite@abcnews4.com

Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) -- As guns shoppers file into the Ladson Exchange Park for the Charleston Gun Show and Knife Show, some are coming with questions about the passing of the Boland Bill into law. 

"The main question had been, what about military people, anybody that's been diagnosed with PTSD, things like that, that's probably been the main question we've been asked," said Mike Kent, show promoter, for the Charleston Gun Show and Knife Show.

Kent said the Boland Bill just adds another layer to the mixed background system.

"To be honest everybody is very much in favor of this. As much you might think the gun activist would be against this, everybody was pretty much for it," he said. "They know that we need the proper strength in our back ground checks and this is the most obvious way to do it right now."

Last February, police said Alice Boland, 28, pulled the trigger of a loaded handgun outside of Ashley Hall School.  Reports show the gun did not fire because it was not loaded properly.

Governor Haley signed the bill into law in May which requires the names of residents declared mentally ill by a South Carolina court go into a federal database.

"We want to keep the guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. The mentally ill are those that have been committed and people that do have a legitimate mental illness, where as they're not capable of having these weapons," said Adam Finley, a gun dealer in Belton, South Carolina.

He said he feels the law is redundant because it is already illegal to sell guns to someone who is mentally ill.

"That system is already been in place. We've been an information sharing state with the federal government for many years now, so the implementation of this bill is a little more than a knee-jerk reaction," Finley said.


  • Ava Wilhite

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