(Columbia, SC)…Representative Bakari Sellers today announced that on December 3rd he will pre-file legislation to strengthen Criminal Domestic Violence laws in South Carolina.

Highlights of Rep. Sellers bill include…

* Increases penalty for first offense criminal domestic violence from 30 to 180 days.
* Clarifies that the amount of bond is at the discretion of the judge, which is now limited to a $5,000 cap.
* Court must order domestic abuse counseling, including anger management.
* Makes it unlawful for a person convicted of CDV to ship, transport, or receive a firearm or ammunition and to provide the surrender of firearms to county sheriff.

“With recent national studies showing that South Carolina ranks #1 in deaths by criminal domestic violence and that our state is now ranked as the 5th most violent state in the country, we must work harder to prevent criminal domestic violence in South Carolina and also make the penalties more severe for those who do break the law,” said Rep. Sellers.

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