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Feds to give SC money to improve gun background checks

COLUMBIA — The federal government will spend nearly $1 million to improve background checks for South Carolina gun purchases.

The Department of Justice awarded the State Law Enforcement Division a grant of more than $900,000 to improve the National Criminal Background Check System, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles announced Friday. NICS is used to verify who is eligible to purchase a firearm.

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