A Charleston area state senator, citing the recent attack at Emanuel AME Church, plans to debut gun control measures to include registration and bans.

Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, announced this week that he will pre-file a volley of bills in the state Senate for January’s session that, if enacted, will add an extra layer of scrutiny to background checks on gun transfers, ban firearms defined as assault weapons, establish a permit system to buy a gun, mandate stolen guns be reported and create a gun registry.

“I don’t think there is any dispute that there is a direct correlation between weak gun laws and violence,” Kimpson told The State on Monday. “It is within our power to do something about it.”

“Bill would mandate that all gun owners register their firearms with SLED so that they could be tracked”

Kimpson is queuing up five bills to introduce to the General Assembly in coming months as reported by WCSC and the Associated Press.

The first, termed the “Background Check Plus,” would require those purchasing guns to undergo not only the federally mandated check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but also one performed by the State Law Enforcement Division while eliminating the possibility of transferring a gun after a three day waiting period until the check is complete.

The second bill would mandate that all gun owners register their firearms with SLED so that they could be tracked if lost or…

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