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President Barack Obama touched on a number of topics relating to South Carolina on Wednesday in a special one-on-one interview with Live 5 News anchor Debi Chard.

Chard was selected as one of eight local news reporters around the United States to interview the president in the White House on Wednesday. During the interview, Chard spoke with President Obama on issues relating to residents of South Carolina.

An ongoing hot topic issue in the state has centered on a proposed bill that would restrict those with mental illnesses from purchasing firearms through a more strenuous background check. The president acknowledged this is a sensitive issue, but one that could work if approached correctly.

“We want to make sure that we are respecting people’s privacy. We want to encourage people to get mental health service,” the president told Chard. “But what we also know is that background checks can work if they are done properly.”

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