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Assault weapons could be banned in SC by lawmakers

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By JAMAL GOSS, WACH

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Jennifer Nuovo has three grandchildren in public schools. After last week's shooting killed 17 people at a Florida high school, she worries about their safety.

"I personally do not support guns,” Nuovo said. “I think that all guns should be outlawed other than for our police and our law enforcement."

A proposal by state lawmaker Wendy Brawley (D-Richland) could eliminate those worries. The plan would ban assault weapons from being bought, sold, used, and possessed in South Carolina. It would also ban devices like bump stocks and trigger cranks.

"We have to make sure that these assault weapons that kill high numbers of children in minutes,” Brawley said. “Are removed from our society."

Warren Hankinson's son is now homeschooled after going to both public and private schools. He said safety is one of the reasons he is now homeschooling his son.

"The first thing that crossed my mind is the less weapons of that type, the less chance of them causing carnage in a confined situation," Hankinson said. "That was always on my mind, that was always something in the back of my mind."

Several lawmakers have voiced their opinion on whether to ban assault weapons altogether. "So many kids nowadays are on computers, and they see the violence,” Nuovo said. “And they think that's the real world."

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Brawley's plan targets weapons and accessories used in recent mass shootings, like the ones in Florida and Las Vegas.

The proposal has been referred to a committee.

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