Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford Signs Two NRA-Backed Bills Into Law

Friday, June 9, 2006

Fairfax, VA-Yesterday Governor Mark Sanford signed two prominent National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed bills into law. The “Castle Doctrine” self-defense bill protects the rights of innocent victims to protect themselves from criminal attack, while the “Emergency Powers Protection” language prevents local governments from confiscating firearms during a state of emergency.

 

“I want to thank Governor Mark Sanford for signing these critical victims’ rights bills into law,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist. “When you’re confronted by a criminal, you don’t have the luxury of time. The “Castle Doctrine” bill states that if victims choose to stand their ground and fight, their decision will not be second-guessed by the State of South Carolina.”

 

“Furthermore, the breakdown of civil order in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina demonstrates that Americans’ rights to keep and bear arms are especially important during a state of emergency.   SB 1261 ensures that local governments will be unable to restrict law-abiding citizens’ use, sale, or transportation of firearms during such difficult times.”

 

HB 4301, the "Castle Doctrine" self-defense bill, simply states that if a criminal breaks into your home, your occupied vehicle or your place of business, you may presume he is there to do bodily harm and you may use any force necessary against him. Furthermore, this law provides protection from criminal prosecution and civil litigation for those who defend themselves from criminal attack.

 

SB 1261 was originally introduced to allow qualified Right-to-Carry permit applicants who live outside the Palmetto State to be issued permits if they own land in South Carolina.  It was amended in the House, however, to include the language that bars the ability of local governments to restrict the use, sale, or transportation of firearms during a state of emergency.

 

The “Castle Doctrine” bill passed unanimously in both the state house and senate. South Carolina joins ten other states who have signed similar legislation into law this legislative cycle.

 

SB 1261, with the “Emergency Powers Protection” language, passed by a vote of 109-1 in the house and was ratified unanimously by the state senate. Seven other states have enacted such legislation this year.

 

“On behalf of all NRA members in South Carolina, I want to thank Governor Mark Sanford for signing these important bills into law. I’d also like to thank Rep. G. Murell Smith (R-67) for his leadership in passing “Castle Doctrine” through the legislature, Rep Mike Pitts (R-14) for his commitment to seeing the “Emergency Protection” language become law, and Senator Danny Verdin for his efforts with both bills in the Senate,” concluded Cox. “Both of these bills are about putting the law back on the side of the victim, the way it’s supposed to be.”

 

-nra--

IN THIS ARTICLE
South Carolina Right-To-Carry
TRENDING NOW
Biden Reiterates Call to Ban 9mm Handguns

News  

Monday, July 26, 2021

Biden Reiterates Call to Ban 9mm Handguns

During a July 21 CNN “presidential town hall,” Joe Biden expressed his support for a ban on commonly-owned handguns. Responding to a question about the recent increase in violent crime, the career politician stated,

Great Expectations, Empty Promises: Gun Control in Washington State

News  

Monday, July 26, 2021

Great Expectations, Empty Promises: Gun Control in Washington State

For years, voters in the Evergreen State have been assured that if only they approve certain gun control ballot initiatives, they would “save lives” and reduce crime. The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR), the organization pushing ...

How Anti-Gun Research Works

News  

Monday, July 26, 2021

How Anti-Gun Research Works

The objective world mistrusts most gun policy research because it’s clear the objective is to produce an anti-gun outcome rather than honest analysis. Politicians and professional activists claim the mantle of evidence but will ignore ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Students “School” Antigun Education Officials on Civil Rights, Receive Large Settlements in Court Cases

News  

Monday, July 19, 2021

Students “School” Antigun Education Officials on Civil Rights, Receive Large Settlements in Court Cases

Last September we reported on the saga of Ka'Mauri Harrison, a Louisiana elementary school student who was suspended for having a BB gun that happened to come into view while the fourth grader was participating in online ...

St. Louis Prosecutor Kim Gardner Ignores Violent Crime While Playing Politics with Gun Owners

News  

Monday, July 26, 2021

St. Louis Prosecutor Kim Gardner Ignores Violent Crime While Playing Politics with Gun Owners

Similar to many other urban areas of the country, St. Louis saw a dramatic increase in homicide in 2020. The Gateway to the West’s homicide rate per 100 thousand residents exploded from 64.5 in 2019 to 87.2 in 2020. The homicide ...

Louisiana: Betrayal at the Capitol

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Louisiana: Betrayal at the Capitol

Yesterday, SB 118, Constitutional Carry, was defeated due to several Senators reversing their initial vote of support on the bill.  Two of the Senators who flip-flopped were Senators Patrick Connick (SD-8) and Louie Bernard (SD-31). 

NRA-ILA Applauds Rep. Claudia Tenney and U.S. House of Representatives’ Amicus Brief Supporting Second Amendment Case Before Supreme Court

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

NRA-ILA Applauds Rep. Claudia Tenney and U.S. House of Representatives’ Amicus Brief Supporting Second Amendment Case Before Supreme Court

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court decided to hear the NRA-ILA backed case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. NRA-ILA’s opening brief is located here.

Forty-Three Amicus Briefs Filed In Support OF NRA-ILA Backed Second Amendment Case Before Supreme Court

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Forty-Three Amicus Briefs Filed In Support OF NRA-ILA Backed Second Amendment Case Before Supreme Court

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court decided to hear the NRA-ILA backed case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. And just last week, NRA-ILA filed the opening brief in this crucial case, which is located here.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.