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The Palmetto State Working to Reform Right-To-Carry Laws

Friday, February 25, 2011

House Bill 3292, the comprehensive Right-to-Carry reform bill introduced by state Representative Mike Pitts (R-14), was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee’s General Laws Subcommittee yesterday and is now before the full House Judiciary Committee. 

This legislation originally sought to make a number of positive reforms to the current permit system—including expanding where a permit holder may lawfully carry and establishing a permitless firearm carry system for South Carolinians—and has been amended to eliminate the duplicative state licensing of firearms dealers (who are already licensed under federal law) and the antiquated prohibition on selling handguns that cannot pass an arbitrary “melting point” test. Unfortunately, while amending this legislation, many flaws were included that NRA simply cannot support.  We are working with state Representative Thad Viers (R-68), who authored the amendment adopted in subcommittee, as well as state Representative Mike Pitts, the original bill sponsor, to ensure that changes are made to H 3292 so that we can once again support it.

Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to support NRA’s efforts to restore H 3292 so that it is a solid, pro-gun bill.  Contact information for the House Judiciary Committee can be found here.

The NRA also supports House Bill 3664, a parking lot bill introduced by state Representative Garry Smith (R-27).  This bill would prohibit the establishment of policies that forbid the storing of lawfully-owned firearms or ammunitions in a private locked vehicle when the vehicle is parked in a lot controlled by any business entity, property owner, or public or private employer.  We will be sure to report on any developments regarding this legislation.

NRA will continue to work with legislators on other areas where reform is necessary, as well as monitor for any anti-gun threats.

 

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