Policy Update 1/21/14:
Thank you to the Judiciary Committee for approving the passage of S3 to the full Senate for consideration. We especially wish to thank Senators Martin and Hembree for their passionate leadership of the bill through the committee process and the other members of the subcommittee (Senators Allen, McElveen, Shealy and Turner) for their commitment to its passage.
This bill will increase accountability for domestic violence offenders by changing the way these crimes are charged and prosecuted, and increase safety for victims by removing the rights of convicted offenders and those subject to orders of protection to legally possess firearms. The intersection between domestic violence and gun violence in our state casts a devastating toll—78% of domestic violence homicides in 2013 were committed with a gun.
Please contact your senator and let them know you support passage of S3, and that South Carolina says No More. #scsaysnomore
Christan Rainey, whose mother and siblings were shot and killed by his stepfather speaks about the importance of passing S.3 if we are serious about working towards reducing the toll of domestic violence.
S.3 will revoke convicted offenders’ ability to legally possess firearms and give law enforcement and prosecutors more tools to hold abusers accountable for committing this crime. Call your Senator to urge them to support this important legislation.