Charleston forum focuses on solutions to gun violence

Gun violence prevention advocates want to close the Charleston loophole

A gun safety town hall meeting drew dozens to Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC, on Saturday to learn how they can act against gun violence, according to video report from WCSC Live 5 local news: People voice desire for change at gun safety town hall

Less than a mile away in 2015, a young white supremacist murdered nine African Americans during a prayer service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston and wounded three more.

Recently-elected South Carolina State Representative J.A. Moore, who lost his sister in the attack, discussed the need to address the Charleston loophole during the forum Saturday:

The loophole makes it possible to sell guns to people with criminal records and others who should be prevented from attaining firearms, according to a report from time.com last year, noting that 4,000 guns were sold through the gap in 2106.

But SC Rep. Jim Clyburn now expects that his measure to close the loophole will pass the House this week according to The Post and Courier in Charleston.

The Town Hall Project shared photos of the gathering which was also attended but the local chapter of Moms Demand Action:

The event invitation promised opportunities to hear from experts, ask questions, meet fellow gun safety advocates and find out to make a difference. Hosts includes Giffords.org, March for Our Lives, Levi's, and the Town Hall Project.

The second annual Charleston March For Our Lives is scheduled for Sunday in Charleston.

-

Photo: An overflow crowd attended a memorial service after the Charleston mass shooting in 2015.

Comments (1)
No. 1-1
Jim MacMillan
Jim MacMillan

Editor

Update: Local NBC News 2 also has a report: Panel discussion on gun laws to close the Charleston Loophole