CHARLESTON, S.C. — A record 50,000 South Carolinians sought to either buy guns or carry concealed weapons during December.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the statistics come from the FBI criminal background check system. The spike came when President Barack Obama indicated he would seek to tighten gun control measures this year.
One of two men arrested last year in a cold-case homicide from 2012 pleaded guilty Monday.
Damarkeo J. Lockhart, 22, kept backing out of the plea negotiation Monday in Richmond County Superior Court, but with potential jurors lined up outside the courtroom ready for jury selection, Lockhart finally admitted he was guilty of felony murder.
Lockhart, an 11th-grade dropout who had supported himself by doing odd jobs, was sentenced by Judge J. Wade Padgett to life in prison with the possibility of parole.