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South Carolina: Governor Signs Essential Pro-Gun Reform Legislation into Law

Monday, July 9, 2012

Improvements Effective Immediately

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) signed House Bill 4494 into law on June 29, marking an end to South Carolina’s experiment with radical anti-gun policies in the 1970’s.  This law, effective upon the Governor’s signature, repeals the prohibition on selling certain handguns that do not meet the arbitrary 800 degree melting-point standard, and the requirement for Federal Firearms License holders to be licensed with the state in order to sell handguns.  H 4494 also brings South Carolina into conformity with federal law by allowing the sale of long guns in non-contiguous states to South Carolina residents.

With the repeal of these laws, coupled with the 2004 repeal of the law that limited handgun purchases by law-abiding citizens to one in a thirty day period, South Carolina has now dismantled the last vestiges of an anti-gun agenda that was successfully promoted in the 1970’s.  Governor Haley deserves thanks from the pro-gun community for signing into law this important legislation.  Also deserving appreciation for their efforts (as previously reported here) to pass H 4494 are Senators Chip Campsen (R-43), John Courson (R-20), John Land (D-36), Larry Martin (R-2), Harvey Peeler (R-14), and Nikki Setzler (D-26), as well as Representatives Mike Pitts (R-14) and Rick Quinn (R-69).

Please send a message to Governor Haley thanking her for signing into law this important firearm reform legislation.  Contact information for the Governor can be found here.  



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