The House has refused to consider a measure that would have eliminated background checks for those seeking gun permits.
Rep. Tom Shaw, a Republican from Laurens, sought to attach the proposal as an amendment to a less controversial measure dealing with the ability of those who have lost gun rights to regain them.
Top House leaders on Tuesday ruled the effort out of order, and an effort to force debate drew only six votes in favor, so the background check proposal was dropped.
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