- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina state senator who represents the district that includes Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church is proposing tougher state gun controls in the aftermath of the shootings at the church that killed nine people.

Democratic Sen. Marlon Kimpson announced Monday he plans to pre-file bills in the General Assembly banning assault weapons, strengthening background checks and creating a gun registration system to make it easier to track guns.

Kimpson said the state must take action before there’s another tragedy.

One of his proposals is a state background check that would insure state information not available on federal background checks is not overlooked or missed. Kimpson also wants gun owners to register their guns with the State Law Enforcement Division so there is an accurate gun tracking system.

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