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Woman arrested for pointing gun at Ashley Hall officials indicted for threatening President Bush

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Alice Boland, the woman who is accused of pointing a gun at Ashley Hall officials on Monday, was indicted on charges of threatening the life of a President George W. Bush while in a Canadian airport in 2005.

On Monday, 28-year-old Alice Boland pointed a gun at a school administrator with students waiting nearby on the carpool line.  Police say she pulled the trigger several times but the gun failed to discharge.

Police say Boland purchased the gun legally several days prior to Monday's incident at Ashley Hall.

Court documents show Boland pleaded not guilty for reasons of insanity in the 2005 federal case.  As it is standard in cases of threats, Boland was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

Federal law states that:  "It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution."

A judge would have to rule someone mentally defective in order for a red flag to appear in background checks.  According to a local ATF agent, that ruling rarely happens even if and when someone has been involuntarily admitted.

Here's what happened in 2005 according to Federal Court documents:

On May 14, 2005, Alice Boland became angry as she was going through U.S. customs in Montreal.  Documents show Boland became very aggressive and told a Montreal Police officer to "give me a gun, I am going to kill you."  She further stated, "I am going to kill President Bush with a gun."  Responding officers said Boland felt the delay in U.S. Customs pre-clearance was the fault of President Bush and therefore made the threatening statements toward the police officers an George W. Bush.

Boland was arrested by Montreal police and was sent transported to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.  Boland was treated and released the following day on a written promise to appear in court at a later date.

Boland returned to the United States in her parent's Beaufort, South Carolina home and on May 25, 2005 got a visit from a Beaufort County Sheriff's deputy and Secret Service Agent John Kenney.  Documents show that Boland continued to make threatening remarks while being questioned.  When Kenney asked Boland about her statements regarding the president, Boland said "Yes, hell yes I would shoot him.  I would shoot him and the entire U.S. Congress."  She went on to say that "if I had a gun, I would shoot you too."  She then stated that there were two guns in the house. Her father, Donald Boland denied that there were guns, but agents did find two guns (an air rifle and a pellet pistol).

On Monday, February 4 2013 Boland showed up at Ashley Hall School in downtown Charleston while students waited in the carpool line.  Reports say Boland pointed at gun at Mary Schweers, Director of the Upper School at Ashley Hall.   Police say she pulled the trigger several times but the weapon failed to discharged. 

Boland faces weapons charges, aggravated assault with a firearm and attempted murder.  She is currently at the Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston.

Police say Boland purchased the gun used in Monday's incident legally.

Rob Sprovero, owner of East Coast Guns, says background checks leave big questions, especially about mental health. He says he and his staff focus on the individual who wants to purchase the gun and his/her behaviors. When he has a question about the buyers mental state or ability to handle a gun, Sprovero says he will refuse to sell the gun.

Tune into News 2 at 5 and 6 to hear more from Sprovero.

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