COLUMBIA, SC (WTOC) - The Violence Policy Center's latest numbers show Georgia ranks ninth in the nation for women killed by men in domestic violence, while South Carolina ranks second.
Those numbers have South Carolina lawmakers pushing for legislation that will enforce stricter penalties for those convicted of criminal domestic violence. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says each year, law enforcement officers get more than 36,000 reports of domestic violence.
If someone is convicted of domestic violence in South Carolina, they cannot buy a gun. The new legislation goes even further, by stripping offenders of the guns they currently own for a decade after they serve their sentence.