Closing the Charleston Loophole

From Senators Marlon Kimpson and Greg Gregory

Columbia, S.C. — Last year we served as a members of the Senate Special Gun Issues Study Committee. The committee also included Sen. Gerald Malloy, chairman, Sen. Chip Campsen and Sen. Greg Hembree. The members participated in public hearings across the state and heard testimony from hundreds of citizens on the topic of firearms in South Carolina. Of particular interest was the “Charleston loophole” or a gap in our gun laws that allowed Dylann Roof to purchase the weapon used to murder our colleague, Sen. Clementa Pinckney, and eight other members of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

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Senator Marlon Kimpson Unveils Economic Agenda to Level the Playing Field for South Carolina’s Working Families and the Middle Class

February 7, 2017

Today, Senator Kimpson filed major pieces of legislation designed to help working families and the middle class in South Carolina.  “I’m a supporter of incentives to lure new companies and keep businesses in South Carolina, but it’s also about time we level the playing field for working families and the middle class so South Carolinians can earn enough to care for and support their families, afford a home, have access to quality, affordable health care, and be able to retire securely,” said Kimpson. 

The most recent and complete data from the 2014 Census Bureau reveals:

  •  South Carolina had the 11th highest percentage of people living in poverty at 18 percent in 2014.  That figure was above the national average of 15.5 percent.
  • For 2014, the poverty situation was worse for the state’s children.  That year, South Carolina ranked fifth in the nation for the percentage of children under 18 living in poverty.
  • On average, over the five-year period from 2010 to 2014, the percentage of working age people – those 18 to 64 – living in poverty was 17.1 percent.
  • On average, over the five-year period from 2010 to 2014, fewer than 16 percent of South Carolina households had a household income of less than $15,000.  That number included any government benefits received.

“These statistics are alarming.  We need to focus on providing South Carolina’s working families with economic security to grow our economy and create good jobs,” added Kimpson.  Kimpson’s legislative items include the following: Read more ›

Sen. Marlon Kimpson Fulfills Commitment to Donate Senate Salary For First Term

News Release – For Immediate Release

Senator Marlon Kimpson, his wife Kimberlyn and the Time To Give Back Committee are pleased to announce the non-profit organizations that have been selected to receive grant funding from his South Carolina Senate compensation this year.  This year’s recipients include:

ARMS and EXCEL Academies
Charleston Community Impact
Charleston Legal Access
Charleston Pride Festival
Charleston Trident Urban League
Charleston Youth Leadership Council
Clap Your Hands
Fetter Health
Homeless to Hope
I AM Foundation
Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities
Mental Health Heroes
Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church
Power, Love, & Purpose
The Kars Institute

The Kimpsons have donated more than $20,000 to forty-two different charities that serve District 42 since being sworn into office in 2014.  “I think it is important to give back to the people of Charleston and raise the bar for public service,” said Senator Kimpson.  “Although this is the final year of a three year commitment, we plan to continue to demonstrate our generosity in other ways moving forward,” added Kimpson.  This year the grants awarded range from $240 to $1,000.  In South Carolina, state senators are compensated $10,400 gross, annually as a salary.  Senator Kimpson chose a committee of citizens that reside in Senate District 42 to help him make the selections.

Previous grant award winners include:

Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc.
Beyond Our Walls, Inc.
Charity Missionary Baptist Church
Charleston Promise Neighborhood
Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir and Spiritual Ensemble
Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation
Closing the Gap in Healthcare
Connections and You, Inc.
Corpus Callosum
Ebony City Soccer Club and Youth Development Program
Father to Father
Increasing HOPE Financial Training Center
LowCountry RISE
On Solid Grounds
Real Talk, Real Action, Real Results
Royal Missionary Baptist Church Foundation
Shield Ministries
Take It To The Streets
Teachers’ Supply Closet
The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center
The Liberty Hill Improvement Council After School Literacy Program
The Tiny House Project of Charleston
We Are Family

About the Time To Give Back Grants

The Time to Give Back initiative was established by Senator Marlon Kimpson and his wife Kimberlyn in 2014, to provide eligible non-profit organizations serving the citizens in Senate District 42 with grant funding from his senatorial compensation. To be awarded a Time to Give Back grant, the organization must meet the following criteria:

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SC shootings with 4 or more victims up since Emanuel murders

The-Greenville-News-LogoCOLUMBIA — South Carolina shootings in which at least four people have been injured or killed have increased since the murders of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last summer, according to a review of records by The Greenville News.

The Charleston murders, which shocked the state and nation, were seen as unique because of the number of victims killed, the randomness of the act and what authorities said was the racist motive involved.

A flurry of gun-control legislation was pushed or filed after the murders and the state was praised for the way it addressed the shootings with prayers, talk of racial reconciliation, forgiveness by the victims’ families and the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. Read more ›

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Marlon E. Kimpson
Telephone: (843) 216-0199
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Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464