Thursday, May 2, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would give federal authorities information about people who have been determined by a court to have mental problems.
The bill approved Thursday now heads to Gov. Nikki Haley for her signature.
Legislators began discussing ways to address gun safety and mental illness in after the February arrest of Alice Boland. Authorities say the woman unsuccessfully tried to fire a handgun at officials at a private Charleston girls' school earlier this year.
Boland pleaded not guilty by reason of mental incompetence to threatening to kill President George W. Bush in 2005. But that plea didn't appear in a federal background check when Boland went to buy the guy she took to Ashley Hall because South Carolina doesn't share that information.
(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)