By SEANNA ADCOX
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Senate Judiciary chairman says lawmakers need to get serious about curbing South Carolina's domestic abuse problem and bar abusers from owning guns.
A weapons ban is a key provision of Larry Martin's bill that seeks to reduce the state's dismal death statistics. It says an abuser could not possess a gun while under protective orders, and those convicted of domestic violence could not possess a gun for a decade.
The Pickens Republican says he expects opposition from gun rights enthusiasts. But he says abusers are cowards who shouldn't be able to hide behind the Second Amendment.
Attorney General Alan Wilson says he's willing to support the idea but not necessarily this one. He says he's more concerned with other aspects that strengthen penalties based on the harm committed.