South Carolina law prohibits the carrying of firearms in churches or other houses of worship, something President Obama did not mention in his remarks after the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
At a White House press conference Thursday, Obama said the shooting was part of a broader problem with gun violence in America, using the opportunity to suggest that more gun control is needed in American jurisprudence:
It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it. I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now.
“But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it, and at some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively,” Obama added.
But as The Daily Caller pointed out, Dylann Storm Roof allegedly shot and killed nine people Wednesday, including Democratic state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson, Danuel L. Simmons Sr., and Depayne Middleton, in a gun free zone.
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Roof was apprehended by authorities in North Carolina and is in the custody of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. Although South Carolina is a “shall issue” state, it does not guarantee its residents the privilege of carrying a firearm everywhere. Here is the relevant text:
You may not carry a firearm on school premises (including day care and preschool facilities), in law enforcement offices or facilities, in court facilities, at polling places on election days, in churches or other religious sanctuaries,or in hospitals or medical facilities. (S.C. Code Ann.§ 23-31-215.)
Violators of this law could face a fine of $1,000, one year in jail, or both.
h/t: Free Patriot Post