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      Boland Bill advances to SC House Judiciary Committee

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) - The state House bill aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill has advanced out of the House subcommittee with unanimous approval.

      Rep. Leon Stavrinakis announced on social media site Twitter Thursday morning that the bill was moving to the full House Judiciary Committee.

      {}The bill was filed last month after a flurry of activity stemming from a gun incident at Ashley Hall School in downtown Charleston. According to Charleston police, 28-year-old ALice Boland, the namesake for the bill, showed up at the school with a loaded handgun. She reportedly pulled the trigger repeatedly while the gun was pointed at school administrators with children nearby, police said.

      The gun did not fire, however, because there was no round chambered in the gun.

      Since the Feb. 4 incident, lawmakers across the state have filed bills to mandate mental health reporting for background checks. The bipartisan bill that is moving through the House has a list of support from lawmakers, law enforcement and the Attorney General's office.

      There is a companion bill in the state Senate and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has introduced his own bill calling for more prosecutions of people who fail background checks to purchase guns.

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