COLUMBIA — The State Law Enforcement Division has revoked 65 concealed weapons permits -- and denied another 12 applications -- because of mental health issues, SLED chief Mark Keel said Friday.
Last year, the Department of Justice gave SLED nearly $1 million to improve its background checks. And state lawmakers passed a law that would share South Carolina's mental health information with federal authorities to help with background checks.
The issue gained momentum after Alice Boland was arrested after attempting to shoot to employees at Ashley Hall, an all-girls school in Charleston. Boland was found mentally ill, but she had been able to legally purchase a handgun.
Overall, SLED has issued 228,212 active concealed weapon permits -- including 5,000 so far this year.