Friday, February 8 2013 10:52 AM EST2013-02-08 15:52:16 GMT
Police have arrested a 28-year-old woman accused of pointing a gun at a school official outside Ashley Hall School in downtown. The Charleston Police Department charged Alice Boland of Beaufort withMore >
Police say the woman who tried to fire a loaded gun aimed at an Ashley Hall school official earlier this week bought the gun from a gun shop in Colleton County.More >
Friday, February 8 2013 8:27 AM EST2013-02-08 13:27:38 GMT
Court documents state that a 28-year-old woman who attempted to shoot a school director outside a downtown school on Monday had been arrested in 2005 for threatening the life of then President George W.More >
The 28-year-old woman who allegedly tried to shoot a school director outside Ashley Hall earlier faced federal charges in 2005 for threatening the life of then-President George W. Bush and members of Congress, court documents state.More >
Thursday, February 7 2013 4:54 PM EST2013-02-07 21:54:47 GMT
The woman accused of bringing a loaded gun to Ashley Hall girls school on Monday was able to legally buy the weapon, despite her history of mental illness. Charleston police said 28 year old Alice BolandMore >
The woman accused of bringing a loaded gun to a downtown Charleston school was able to buy it because her history of mental illness is protected by HIPAA laws, according to authorities.More >
WASHINGTON, DC (WCSC) -
Senator Lindsey Graham said Wednesday he will be introducing legislation to ensure more thorough background checks for potential gun-buyers, citing last week's Ashley Hall incident as a paramount example of the failure of the current system.
During a press conference, Graham told the story of Beaufort native Alice Boland, the 28-year-old woman with documented mental health issues who allegedly attempted to kill a school official last week outside Ashley Hall, a private, all-girls' school in downtown Charleston.
Boland, despite being previously diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and having faced federal charges for threatening to kill President George W. Bush and "the entire Congress," was able to legally purchase a .22 caliber handgun in Walterboro two days before the incident on Feb. 4.
The federal charges were dismissed in 2009, four years after she pleaded not guilty on the reason of insanity.
Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms said Boland was allowed to buy the gun because she has no criminal record, and there is no record of her mental illness in the FBI database.
"The HIPAA laws make it illegal, doctor patient confidentiality," explained Arlyn Pendergast, president of ATP Gunshop in Ladson. "The only way that stuff shows up is if they do a crime. Now if they do a crime, then the police put it in there because that's not doctor patient confidentiality."
Graham said, "To me, this is ‘Exhibit A' of a broken system; how can it be that the background check would allow her to buy a gun?"
"This is an outrage and it could have resulted in tragedy, and if we had better laws on the books she should have been found out when she tried to buy the gun," he continued.
Graham said instead of "expanding the background check program right now," Congress should, " focus on finding a way to make sure a person who goes before a federal judge and pleads not guilty by reason of insanity after threatening to kill the President of the United States at least can fail a background check."
"I will be introducing legislation so that people like her, and I don't know how many there are, that when they go through the background check process, the system will indicate their prior exposure to court and their mental status […] To my colleagues in Congress, if you want to pass something that really matters, let's make sure Alice Boland never gets a gun…I think most of us agree that one bullet in the hands of Ms. Boland is one too many," he added.
Graham also lamented the lack of prosecution against those who failed background checks while trying to purchase guns, "80,000 people who tried to buy a gun in 2012 failed a background check. Only 44 were prosecuted. That means you're not addressing the problem."
"In America, the consequences of failing a background check are almost negligible. So there is no deterrent, and this seems a good place to start. Let's fix the system so that Alice Bolands of the future do not pass a background check."
Boland remains behind bars at the Charleston County Detention Center. She faces charges of attempted murder, two counts of pointing a firearm, unlawful carrying of a firearm, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Friday, May 17 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:20:45 GMT
An Upstate woman's money is gone and her friend got hit too. They don't know when their debit card numbers got swiped, but they think there may be more victims in the area. After a frustrating few days,More >
An Upstate woman and her friend have both lost money from their banking accounts - money they did not spend themselves.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 3:01 PM EDT2013-05-17 19:01:38 GMT
Video of State Representative Ted Vick chronicles the Pee Dee lawmaker's interaction with Bureau of Protective Services officers late Tuesday night as he was arrested for DUI in the State House parkingMore >
Video of Democratic State Representative Ted Vick chronicles the Pee Dee lawmaker's interaction with Bureau of Protective Services officers late Tuesday night as he was arrested for DUI in the State House parking garage.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-17 17:47:25 GMT
For thirteen years, BMW has been hosting the charity Pro-Am golf tournament in the Upstate, and for all of those years, no one has ever hit a hole-in-one on the 9th hole at Thornblade to win a brand newMore >
For thirteen years, BMW has been hosting the charity Pro-Am golf tournament in the Upstate, and no one hit a hole-in-one on the 9th hole at Thornblade to win a brand new BMW - until now.More >
A poll by Reader's Digest named the 100 most trusted people in America. The list includes celebrities, politicians, philanthropists and even presidents. Click here to see the top 30.More >
A poll by Reader's Digest named the 100 most trusted people in America. The list includes celebrities, politicians, philanthropists and even presidents, and Readers Digest admits the results were surprising. Click here to see the top 30. More >