A legislative panel exploring if changes should be made to South Carolina’s gun laws will have its final meeting Thursday in Columbia.
The Senate’s Gun Issues Special Committee will hold a 6-8 p.m. public hearing in Room 105 of the Gressette Building at the State House complex. The committee has held three other hearings throughout the state since September.
The room for Thursday’s hearing has a capacity of 140, so seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Staffers are working on an overflow room, but are stressing to those who do not plan to speak that they can watch the meeting as it is streamed online. Previous meetings have been held in significantly larger rooms with a capacity that exceeded 300.
The hearings were scheduled in response to several state senators’ push to close the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” by extending the background check waiting period needed to buy a gun beyond the current three days.