- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Dozens of people, including relatives of victims of recent South Carolina shootings, are calling on lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws in South Carolina.

More than 100 people turned out Monday in Charleston for a hearing held by a state Senate subcommittee.

Among those attending were Jullian Hollingsworth, whose sister-in-law was the teacher wounded in the Townville Elementary School shooting. The Rev. Sharon Risher, who lost three family members in last year’s Emanuel AME shootings, also attended.

About 70 people spoke in favor of tougher laws, including closing the Charleston loophole allowing three business days to vet gun buyers through background checks before a gun sale can proceed by default.

About 10 people wanted fewer gun restrictions, including eliminating gun-free zones and allowing teachers to carry guns to schools.

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