NRA Explore
APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

South Carolina: Mental Health Reform Bill Sent to Governor

Friday, May 3, 2013

On Tuesday, the South Carolina Senate made some slight changes to House Bill 3560, legislation that would create a requirement that individuals who have been placed under certain types of mental health-related orders by a court have their commitment order reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  The state Senate then passed H 3560 the following day and the House concurred with its Senate amendments yesterday.  H 3560 is now awaiting action by Governor Nikki Haley (R).

Enactment of H 3560 is necessary to bring South Carolina into compliance with the standards set forth in the federal NICS Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA) of 2007.  Individuals affected by the reporting requirements of the bill are already prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms under federal law, and H 3560 does not expand or create new categories of prohibited persons.  In addition to the reporting requirement, the NIAA established clear standards for states to use in crafting laws to give persons subject to these prohibitions a means of relief.  H 3560, under the guidelines established by the NIAA, would allow a court to grant relief from the federal prohibition upon a finding that the petitioner will not be likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety, and that the granting of the relief would not be contrary to the public interest.  Please click here for an NIAA fact sheet.

The NRA has been working directly with legislators, state Attorney General Alan Wilson (R), and a number of groups and individuals who have been involved with crafting this legislation and ensuring its passage.  We anticipate Governor Haley will sign H 3560 into law, as she has a long history of supporting law-abiding gun owners.

Also on Tuesday, the state House passed unanimously House Bill 3822, introduced by state Representative Mike Pitts (R-14).  This legislation seeks to make several reforms to the current Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) system.  Among other things, it would extend the duration of the CWP from four to five years, require notification of the permit's pending expiration and simplify the application process for a CWP.

H 3822 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, so please contact members of that committee and urge them to support H 3822.

Finally, S 308, the Restaurant Carry bill passed in the state Senate on April 23, has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.  As previously reported, this legislation was amended in order to ensure its passage in the state Senate, and that the NRA objected to amending S 308.  This amendment allows Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) holders to carry a firearm into a restaurant that serves alcohol for self-defense, but not between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m.  It also does not allow CWP holders to sit in the bar area of a restaurant, if it has one.  The NRA strongly opposes arbitrary restrictions on where lawful CWP holders can carry, and therefore does not support the language in this amendment.

Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to work with the NRA to fix S 308, and to hear this bill as soon as possible.



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

'Forty percent of guns don’t go through background checks' Lie Debunked

The claim that 40 percent of gun sales do not go through a federal background check is false ...


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Handgun ban? Fuggedaboudit! Nassau County DA Lifts Unconstitutional Restriction

Last week, law professor and Washington Post blogger Eugene Volokh, exposed how the District Attorney’s Office in Nassau County, New ...

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Florida Alert! Bill to Allow Open-Carry to Stop Abuse of CW License Holders

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 9:00am the House Criminal Justice Committee will hold a hearing on  HB-163 ...


Friday, September 18, 2015

CNN Poll Offers Bad News for Gun Controllers, Anti-gun Candidates

Candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination – Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley – have spent significant effort in recent months trying to ...


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Jersey's Gun Control Trap

"They basically told me I'm one step below a murderer in the eyes of the New Jersey court." So ...


Sunday, October 4, 2015

San Francisco Supervisors Drive All Gun Stores from City

When gun controllers contend that they aren’t out to prohibit civilian access to firearms, but simply want “responsible” ...

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered ...


Thursday, August 6, 2015

North Carolina Governor McCrory Signs NRA-Backed Bill Into Law

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed NRA-backed House Bill 562 into law to improve a great deal of existing statutes ...


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

California’s Wildlife Resource Committee Continues to Operate without Procedures

On September 24, the National Rifle Association submitted a letter to the California Fish and Game Commission objecting ...

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ohio: Concealed Carry Expansion Legislation Likely to Receive House Floor Vote This Week

Concealed carry expansion legislation, Sub. House Bill 48, is expected to come up for a floor vote in the ...


Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.