Yesterday, House Bill 3025 and House Bill 3116 advanced out of the General and Family Laws Subcommittee and now await full House Judiciary Committee consideration. House Bill 3306 still remains in the Subcommittee, pending consideration. These three pro-gun bills need your help! It is critical that you contact members of the General and Family Laws Subcommittee and the House Judiciary Committee immediately in support of these bills.
House Bill 3025, introduced by state Representative Alan Clemmons (R-107), would replace the current conditional reciprocity system for recognizing Right to Carry permits issued by other states with a straight recognition standard. In other words, any valid permit issued by another state would automatically be recognized in South Carolina.
House Bill 3116, introduced by state Representative Mike Pitts (R-14), is a “Fraudulent Firearms and Ammunition Purchase Prevention” bill, and strengthens the law prohibiting straw purchases of firearms and ammunition from federal firearms license holders. Federal law already prohibits straw purchases, however South Carolina law is not strong enough on this topic. This bill is designed to help prevent individuals who are prohibited from purchasing firearms or ammunition in South Carolina from engaging others who are not prohibited into making the purchases for them. It would also protect lawful firearm retailers from illegal gun sting operations such as those by anti-gun former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. While mayor, Bloomberg sent hired agents into other states to attempt illegal firearm purchases in an effort to blame federally licensed firearm retailers for gun crime in New York City and around the country.
House Bill 3306, introduced by state Representative Garry Smith (R-27), would prohibit most businesses and public or private employers from establishing policies that prohibit law-abiding citizens from storing lawfully-owned firearms and/or ammunition out of sight within their locked motor vehicles.
Please contact members of the General and Family Laws Subcommittee in support of HB 3306, and contact the House Judiciary Committee in support of all three pieces of legislation. Urge members of the Committee to vote in SUPPORT of HB 3025, HB 3116 and HB 3306 when these pro-gun bills come before them.
House General and Family Laws Subcommittee:
Representative Peter McCoy (R-115), Chairman
Representative Anne Thayer (R-9)
Representative Donna Hicks (R-37)
Representative Kirkman Finlay, III (R-75)
Representative Joe McEachern (D-77)
House Judiciary Committee:
Representative F. Gregory Delleney, Jr. (R-43), Chairman
Representative James E. Smith, Jr. (D-72), 1st Vice-Chair
Representative Christopher J. Murphy (R-98), 2nd Vice-Chair
Representative Bruce W. Bannister (R-24)
Representative Beth E. Bernstein (D-78)
Representative Norman D. Brannon (R-38)
Representative Laurie Slade Funderburk (D-52)
Representative Stephen Goldfinch, Jr. (R-108)
Representative Jenny Anderson Horne (R-94)
Representative Ralph Shealy Kennedy, Jr. (R-39)
Representative Walton J. McLeod (D-40)
Representative Dennis C. Moss (R-29)
Representative Wendy K. Nanney (R-22)
Representative Wm. Weston J. Newton (R-120)
Representative Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44)
Representative Rick Quinn (R-69)
Representative J. Todd Rutherford (D-74)
Representative Edward R. Tallon, Sr. (R-33)
Representative J. David Weeks (D-51)
Representative J. Seth Whipper (D-113)