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South Carolina: Right-to-Carry Reform Bills Need Your Assistance!

Friday, February 29, 2008

H 3528 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, and is now on the Senate Calendar. This legislation would restrict the release of personal information regarding the holder of a valid concealed weapons permit (CWP) to law enforcement to aid in an official investigation, or as part of a subpoena or court order. The Judiciary Committee amended the legislation to not only require the new restriction on releasing personal information of permittees, but also require that any existing lists already released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) be destroyed. In addition, H 3528 was amended to require SLED issue a statistical report on permits every quarter, but this report will be limited to contain information such as number of permits issued, number of applications denied, number of renewals, number of permits suspended or revoked, etc. The only personal information that can be released will be regarding individuals whose permits have been suspended or revoked. NRA will be working with legislators to make some technical corrections to the bill to make it even better, but we support this effort to help protect the privacy of valid CWP holders, and prevent, for example, newspapers from publishing a list of permittees. Please contact your State Senator and urge him or her to support H 3528, and oppose any weakening amendments.

In addition, H 3212 remains active on the Senate Calendar.  This legislation would require South Carolina to recognize valid Right-to-Carry permits issued by other states.  NRA has been working for several years to improve the current reciprocity standard for permits, which are rather restrictive, and this bill would establish a straight recognition standard.  NRA is working with South Carolina Senators to ensure the best possible language passes, and State Senator Jim Ritchie (R-13) has agreed to our request to keep the bill from being heard until we are prepared to make a final push.  In the meantime, please call your State Senator and urge him or her to support NRA's efforts on H 3212, and to oppose any attempts to render this legislation meaningless through overly restrictive amendments.

Both H 3528 and H 3212 could be taken up by the full Senate in the near future, so please call your State Senator and urge him to support these important bills as passed by the House, and to not support any amendments that would weaken this legislation.  The contact for your State Senator can be found by clicking here.

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