Cracking down on domestic violence
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:51:31 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) - Laura Hudson has been fighting for domestic violence victims for more than 30 years.
Some of those fights include passionate speeches at the State House addressing how to better protect some of our state's most vulnerable.
"What we would like to do is mimic the federal law that allows the confiscation of weapons when an officer goes to a scene. Over 40% of law enforcement calls are criminal domestic violence. So we need our own law in our state to mimic that." says Hudson, the Executive Director for the South Carolina Crime Victims' Council.
However, Hudson says that's easier said than done.
State lawmakers have expressed concern over the ability to take any weapon found at a suspected domestic violence scene, just in case it may not actually belong to the offender, but possibly the victim.
"If we were able to at least get a bill that said if you had brandished the weapon, if the weapon is in plain view at a criminal domestic violence scene, then we should be able to do that." states Hudson.
Even though South Carolina law bars convicted felons from buying a gun, Hudson says not enough is being done before a crime is ever committed.
"We are prohibiting the handgun usage and purchase after the fact. But we're not doing it at the point of the crime and we would like to see that changed." explains Hudson.
Change that Hudson can see happening through a partnership with a fellow advocate in the State House.
Senator Katrina Shealy introduced a bill in January that aims to increase the amount of time criminal domestic violence offenders would have to spend behind bars.
Hudson says she hopes to team up with Senator Shealy once the state house is back in session to see if they can't get this issue of confiscating weapons addressed in 2015.