Emanuel AME pastor advocates for Dylann Roof gun loophole bill at Statehouse

March 1, 2018 GMT

COLUMBIA — The pastor at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston added his voice to a chorus of gun reform advocates Tuesday who urged lawmakers to tighten the state’s background checks for gun purchases.

“This is the beginning,” the Rev. Eric Manning told a Senate panel as lawmakers consider a bill requiring speedier updates to the gun purchase background check system.

Manning heads the church where gunman Dylann Roof killed nine, including the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney, during June 2015’s racially-charged mass shooting.

“We owe it to our fallen colleague, our friend,” Manning told senators. “We owe it to future generations to discuss the various gun laws that can be enacted.”

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