Governor in This State Promises to Support New Gun Bills – One of Which is Absolutely Brilliant
South Carolina is a state known for its commitment to constitutional values and American freedoms. That, along with its natural beauty, is one reason so many military members retire in South Carolina. Now lawmakers in the Palmetto State have proposed legislation that would rescind some of the state’s existing restrictions on gun ownership, and they have the full support of Governor Nikki Haley, who promised during her campaign:
The right to bear arms was deemed so critical by our Founders that they spelled it out in absolute terms, and it is my belief that any governmental action that undermines that right is in turn undermining the very freedoms that built our great nation. I hold a Concealed Weapons Permit myself, and in this state we have issues that make it difficult for CWP holders to carry. As governor, I will continue to fight against any government infringement on the 2nd Amendment.
(1) Constitutional Carry (S 105 and HB 3716).
Senator Lee Bright (R-Greenville & Spartanburg) and Rep. Jonathon Hill (R-Anderson) have introduced legislation to make South Carolina the seventh “constitutional carry” state in the country.
The concept of “constitutional carry” is simple: An individual’s ability to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights shouldn’t depend on a “permit” from the government
You don’t need a government license to write a book. So why should you have to get the government’s okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family?
Currently, Americans in Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, and most of Montana can carry a firearm without a government license. Lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens. In fact, these are some of the safest places in America.
S 105 and HB 3716 would add South Carolina to that illustrious list of Constitution-loving states. However, both bills are stuck in committee and need your help to blast it out onto the floors of each chamber.
(2) Blocking federal gun control (S 125 and S 117, by Senator Lee Bright).
The first bill, S 125, is modeled after legislation that has been enacted in several states across the country.
The bill declares that all “federal acts, laws, executive orders, rules [and] regulations” which violate the Second Amendment are void and “have no effect in this State.”
Thus, S 125 prohibits all federal, state and local officials from enforcing such gun control restrictions.
The second bill, S 117, does everything the first bill does, but adds another pro-gun provision. Namely, with few exceptions, any firearm or ammunition that is manufactured in the state (and stays in the state) would be free of gun control restrictions.
This second bill would also mandate that guns and ammo manufactured in the Palmetto state are to be stamped with the legend, “Made in South Carolina.” Once the items are stamped with this legend, they will no longer be “subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration.”
Under the law, any official who is found to have interfered with possession of such a firearm or ammunition would be guilty of a felony.