SLED: 136 SC firearm purchases denied due to Boland Bill

By Stacy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston County has submitted 6,800 records to the State Law Enforcement Agency as part of its compliance with a new South Carolina law, according to probate court Judge Irvin Condon.

The "Boland Bill" was passed in 2013 and required all county probate courts to submit mental-health records dating back 10 years by Aug. 3. The records showed people who have been ruled mentally ill in a commitment hearing.

Commitment clerks in the Charleston County probate court recently went through around 15,000 records, they said.

State legislators passed the bill after authorities said Alice Boland legally purchased a gun, despite being adjudicated mentally ill in the past. In February 2013, Boland took the gun on Ashley Hall School property and tried to shoot an administrator, police said.

The incident caused a group of Ashley Hall School mothers to appeal to local and state lawmakers. Judge Condon said the incident happening in Charleston made complying even more important.

"We wanted to be one of the first to report. So we did that back in November of last year. We wanted to get it in as quickly as possible and take the lead to show it could be done," he said.

SLED has submitted approximately 48,000 records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, according to a letter written to Judge Condon by SLED Chief Mark Keel.

Additionally, authorities denied 136 in-state firearm purchases and 21 out-of-state purchases, Keel wrote. The submissions also led to authorities revoking 132 concealed weapons purchases and denying 29 applications, Keel wrote.

Charleston County officials mail commitment hearing reports to SLED every day, they said.

They hoped to install an electronic sharing system in six months, they said.