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SC’S Clyburn reintroduc­es ‘Charleston loophole’ bill

- By Maayan Schechter

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.

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