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Gun bill threat means extra security for Charleston lawmaker

April 8, 2019

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina legislator has increased security at his home, law office and Statehouse office after someone threatened to shoot him on Facebook over a lack of a hearing on a gun law.

Republican Rep. Peter McCoy of Charleston is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and hasn’t scheduled a hearing for a bill that would allow people to carry guns in public without a concealed weapons permit.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports a Facebook group called the Freedom Action Network called McCoy the No. 1 “enemy of restoring our gun rights.”

A commenter then suggested “Maybe we should shoot him?”

McCoy says he took the threat seriously, asking for extra security in Charleston and Columbia. A senator canceled a similar hearing for Tuesday after the threat.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com