Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

South Carolina General Assembly Attacking Your Political Voice!

Friday, February 8, 2008

The South Carolina General Assembly is in full swing, and this week, the Senate worked on S 714, which could adversely impact NRA's ability to lobby South Carolina legislators on issues relating to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, hunting, and many other matters. 

Last week, NRA sent a letter of opposition to Senators, urging them to oppose S 714.  At that time, the Senate amended the bill to remove the problematic language.  Unfortunately, the Senate reversed course this week, and reinserted the objectionable provisions.  The sections of S 714 that have caused NRA concern deal with identifying and defining "political awareness organizations," and regulations that seek to control them.  Under the new definition, NRA would be identified as a "political awareness organization," and subject to all reporting requirements.  Those requirements?  NRA would be forced to report to the State of South Carolina all contributions in excess of $100 from individuals.  This reporting requirement would include the name and address of each contributor.  

What is not clear, however, is to what extent this legislation would impact a national organization like NRA.  The vast majority of contributions to NRA originate from outside of South Carolina.  Furthermore, people contribute to NRA for any number of reasons, most of which have nothing to do with influencing legislative policy in South Carolina.  It is unclear how NRA would be required to comply with the reporting requirements of S 714.  This confusion aside, the underlying intent of S 714 is clear.  It is an attempt to regulate, and indirectly restrict, free speech.  This is blatantly unconstitutional.  While federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States, have held that some regulations are acceptable when it comes to political speech (e.g., limitations on contributions to political campaigns), true issue advocacy has not been held to be subject to these types of restrictions. 

The right to speak freely and publicly on the wisdom of legislation and government policies is at the very core of democracy and of the right protected by the First Amendment.  S 714 is clearly an attempt to infringe on that right.  Not only does it infringe on the right to free speech, but the reporting requirement is a clear invasion of the privacy of those who wish to contribute to NRA.  Not wanting to be put on a government list, NRA contributors could choose to simply no longer contribute, which would greatly diminish NRA's ability to speak on behalf of its members on policy issues of concern to them. This could have a ripple effect that reaches far beyond the borders of South Carolina. 

S 714 must be defeated.  Please contact your Senator and urge him to oppose S 714.  You can find all the necessary contact information by clicking here.

TRENDING NOW
Washington: Trigger Modification Ban Passes Committee

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Washington: Trigger Modification Ban Passes Committee

Earlier today, the Washington state Senate Law & Justice Committee passed Senate Bill 5992 out of committee with a 4-3 vote. As drafted, this legislation has overreaching language that would ban modifications commonly made to ...

Eighteen States, Law Enforcement, Doctors, and Firearm Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs in Lawsuit Challenging California 10+ Magazine Ban

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Eighteen States, Law Enforcement, Doctors, and Firearm Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs in Lawsuit Challenging California 10+ Magazine Ban

On Friday, January 12, several amicus briefs were filed in the NRA and CRPA supported lawsuit challenging California’s restrictions against magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The lawsuit, titled Duncan v. Becerra, challenges California’s ...

Democrats' Exciting New Hope Adheres to Tired Old Anti-Gun Dogma

News  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Democrats' Exciting New Hope Adheres to Tired Old Anti-Gun Dogma

Democrats searching for a standard-bearer in the 2020 presidential election lit on long-time entertainment, media, and publishing figure Oprah Winfrey this week, following a speech Winfrey gave at a televised Hollywood extravaganza.

Virginia: Gun Control Tops New Governor’s Agenda

News  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Virginia: Gun Control Tops New Governor’s Agenda

This week, Virginia Governor McAuliffe and Governor-Elect Ralph Northam outlined their top priorities for the upcoming legislative session, and highlighted expanded background checks for all firearm sales and other transfers (so-called “universal” background checks) as ...

Indiana: Gun Bills Filed

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Indiana: Gun Bills Filed

With the 2018 Indiana legislative session underway, a number of bills affecting your Second Amendment and hunting rights have been filed.

Washington: CPL Permit Confidentiality Bill Introduced

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Washington: CPL Permit Confidentiality Bill Introduced

Last week, Washington legislators introduced an NRA-backed bill to protect the private, personal information of Washington's concealed pistol license holders from public records requests.  Senate Bill 6173, sponsored by Senator Dean Takko (D-19), and House Bill ...

Washington: Senate Law & Justice Committee to Hear Anti-Gun Bills Next Monday

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Washington: Senate Law & Justice Committee to Hear Anti-Gun Bills Next Monday

On Monday, January 15th at 10:00AM, the Senate Law & Justice Committee is scheduled to hear multiple anti-gun bills.  Testimony will be limited during the hearing, so all NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly ...

Washington: Substitute Versions of Gun Control Bills to Be Heard

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Washington: Substitute Versions of Gun Control Bills to Be Heard

Last night, anti-gun legislators introduced substitute bills for Senate Bill 5444 and Senate Bill 5463.  These substituted versions will replace the original bills that are scheduled for a public hearing on Monday, January 15th. NRA remains opposed ...

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.

Washington: House Judiciary to Hear Gun Control Bills

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Washington: House Judiciary to Hear Gun Control Bills

On Thursday, January 25th at 1:30PM, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear several sweeping gun control bills.  NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly encouraged to attend the committee hearing to voice your opposition ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
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.