SC’S Clyburn reintroduces ‘Charleston loophole’ bill
COLUMBIA, S.C. — This time facing a House and Senate held by Democrats, South Carolina’s Jim Clyburn will try again to get a measure passed that would require a completed background check before buying a gun.
The U.S. House passed a similar measure to close the so-called “Charleston loophole” in 2019, only for it to stall in the Republicancontrolled Senate shortly after. But with two chambers controlled by Democrats and President Joe Biden in the White House, the thirdranking Democrat in the House of Representatives could find a path to success much easier this time.
House Majority Whip Clyburn’s proposal — called the Enhanced Background Checks Act — would extend the time frame law enforcement has to complete a background check before a gun can be purchased from three to 10 days. But if a review is not completed in 10 days, the buyer could request a faster review to start an FBI investigation.