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Your Help is Needed with Two South Carolina Right-to-Carry Reform Bills!

Friday, March 7, 2008

H 3528 has returned to the House. This legislation would restrict the release of personal information regarding the holder of a valid concealed weapons permit (CWP), allowing release only to law enforcement to aid in an official investigation, or to comply with a subpoena or court order.  The Senate amended the legislation not only to require the new restriction on releasing personal information of permittees, but to 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 that SLED issue a statistical report on permits every year, but this report will be limited to contain information such as the number of permits issued, number of applications denied, number of renewals, number of permits suspended or revoked, etc. The only personal information that could be released would be on 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 to prevent newspapers, for example, from publishing lists of permittees. Please contact your State Representative and urge him or her to support H 3528, and work with NRA on this important issue to oppose any weakening amendments.

H 3212 will likely be heard next week.  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.  H 3212 would establish a straight recognition standard.  NRA is working with South Carolina Senators to ensure the best possible language passes.  We expect a heated debate, so 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.

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