COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina’s top prosecutor is calling for legislative action this year to combat domestic violence.
Attorney General Alan Wilson is holding a news conference Tuesday to urge lawmakers to pass tougher penalties against domestic abusers.
Lawmakers return to Columbia on Tuesday to begin a new legislative year. Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin has proposed a bill that would prevent abusers from possessing a gun while under protective orders, and those convicted of domestic violence couldn’t have a gun for a decade after their sentence is served.
Wilson has said he supports that idea in theory but is still studying Martin’s proposal.
Wilson’s office has said that more than 36,000 people annually report a domestic violence incident to law enforcement agencies around South Carolina.