NRA-backed H. 3025 is scheduled to be taken up in the House of Representatives this week, and your urgent support and action is needed! Introduced by state Representative Alan Clemmons (R-107), H. 3025 would replace the current conditional reciprocity system for recognizing Right to Carry (RTC) 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. This is the standard in 19 states, while 7 other states recognize any permit issued by another state as long as the recognition is reciprocal. None of these 26 states have experienced significant problems with permit holders from other recognized states, and RTC permit holders throughout the country have proven to be exceptionally law-abiding, safe and responsible when carrying a firearm for personal protection.
Unfortunately, several law enforcement groups in South Carolina, including the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the South Carolina Sheriffs' Association, have voiced their opposition to this common sense reform. They have implied that permit holders from states with permit issuing standards that don't meet their lofty standards cannot be trusted to be lawful, safe, and responsible while carrying a firearm in South Carolina. However, South Carolina already recognizes permits issued by other states that do not have the same issuing standards. Law enforcement has not indicated any problems with permit holders from these states, so there is no reason to expect any problem with the passage of H. 3025.
As law enforcement continues to oppose H. 3025, it is critical that you contact your state Representative and urge him or her to SUPPORT H. 3025 and oppose any amendments designed to weaken its straight recognition standard. Please encourage your family, friends, and fellow supporters of the Second Amendment to contact their state Representatives as well.