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Several Firearm-Related Bills Awaiting Action in South Carolina

Friday, February 19, 2010

The South Carolina General Assembly session is in full swing, and there are a number of firearm-related bills that NRA is closely monitoring. 

While the focus, at this time, is on budget issues in the Palmetto State, there will likely be opportunities to advance our gun rights this year. 

Here is a quick rundown of some of the bills we are currently tracking, both good and bad:

S. 347, sponsored by State Senator Shane Martin (R-13), would allow Right-to-Carry permit holders to carry their concealed firearms in restaurants where alcohol is served for consumption on the premises, as long as the permitee is not in the portion of the restaurant primarily devoted to dispensing alcohol.

S. 753, introduced by State Senator Jake Knotts (R-23), would establish a lifetime Right-to-Carry permit for South Carolina residents.

H. 3024, authored by State Representative Herb Kirsh (D-47), would amend the law regarding the discharge of firearms under certain circumstances.  NRA is analyzing this legislation to see how, if at all, it may impact law-abiding gun owners.

H. 3298, introduced by State Representative Bakari Sellers (D-90), would allow a law-abiding gun owner to transport or store a handgun under the seat of an automobile.

H. 3659, introduced by State Representative Wendell Gilliard (D-111), would increase the penalty for simple handgun possession violations from a misdemeanor to a felony, as well as tries to define certain semi-automatic firearms as “assault weapons.”

H. 3994, sponsored by State Representative Garry Smith (R-27), would prohibit the banning of firearms kept in vehicles while parked on property controlled by a person, property owner, tenant, employer, or business entity.

H. 4220, introduced by State Representative Mike Pitts (R-14), would permanently establish the tax holiday on firearms sales on the weekend following Thanksgiving, which is known as the Second Amendment Weekend.

No action is needed at this time.  NRA will update you on these bills as necessary.  Please continue to check your email and
www.NRAILA.org for updates.


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