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South Carolina Legislative Update!

Friday, June 8, 2007

There was a flurry of activity on the House floor on Wednesday, June 6 as House Bill 3964 was brought up for debate.  This legislation, as originally introduced, sought to remove many of the restrictions on carrying a firearm on school property by someone holding a valid Right-to-Carry (RTC) permit.  By the time it hit the floor, the bill had been amended to only allow valid permit holders to keep their firearms in their vehicles while on school property.  Unfortunately, it also contained language regarding reporting mental health records that could have proved to be a problem.  Several amendments were considered on the floor, and the debate became very lively, leading to the bill being referred back to the Judiciary Committee.  With time winding down on this session, which was scheduled to end on Thursday, H. 3964 is effectively dead. 

Two other House bills remain alive, however, having already passed over to the Senate.  The first,
House Bill 3212, would replace the current RTC conditional reciprocity standard with a straight recognition standard.  This will greatly expand the number of states that will recognize a valid South Carolina RTC permit, and vice versa.  The second, House Bill 3528, would prohibit the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) from releasing the personal information of RTC permit holders unless the request for the information is part of an investigation by law enforcement, thus protecting the privacy of law-abiding permit holders.

These bills, both introduced by State Representative Mike Pitts (R-14), will be at the top of NRA's agenda in the Senate next year.
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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.