Constitutional Carry Update In Alabama, Texas And South Carolina

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 6 months ago

Mark Chesnut:

Three states—Alabama, Texas and South Carolina—are currently vying to be the next state in the nation to do away with the requirement for law-abiding gun owners to be licensed by the government to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense.

This expansion of the “permitless,” or constitutional, carry movement represents a continuation of a march toward freedom occurring throughout the country.

On Tuesday, the Alabama Senate passed that state’s version of an NRA-backed permitless carry measure—Senate Bill 24—by a 25-6 vote. The bill now heads to the House, where it will likely be assigned to the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

Put simply, SB 24 would eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit to lawfully carry in the state.

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In Texas, the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety on Tuesday also passed a permitless carry measure. HB 1911, which passed in the committee by a 6-2 vote, eliminates the requirement for obtaining a license to carry for law-abiding citizens who would otherwise meet the eligibility requirements to qualify for that license.

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Meanwhile in South Carolina, efforts to pass permitless carry legislation are also moving forward. Like the House version, the Senate bill—SC Constitutional Carry Act of 2017—allows those who are legally permitted to own, carry or purchase a firearm to do so without having to obtain a permit. Open carry, which allows for a person to carry a firearm exposed on their person, also would be permitted.

Since the last time we discussed the status of constitutional (and open) carry in South Carolina, it’s been difficult to get a read on the status of things.  The House has passed a bill, while the senate is currently debating one, it seems.

But Martin requested the panel suspend discussion on his bill, and instead pick up the House bill to increase the proposal’s chances of becoming law by the end of session the first week of May.

“I just want to give people their constitutional rights to carry,” Martin said.

You see where this is headed, don’t you?  The house was able to get something done.  The senate, not so much.  They have their own version, and if they pass something different than the house, it will have to be “worked out in committee,” likely not getting done before they leave.

And it will all have been done by design.  It appears that Shane Martin wants to move things along, but he has run square into the blocking schemes of the collectivists.  Dean Weingarten points to a potential score in our column, though.

There are 27 Republicans in the Senate, and 18 Democrats. Mere numbers are not the entire story when it comes to passing legislation.  In 2016, the Constitutional Carry bill was bottled up and killed in a Senate subcommittee. Senator Katrina Frye Shealy (R) Lexington was one of the primary opponents. She is still on the Judiciary Committee, which is a likely place for the bill to be sent in the senate.

This year she is listed as a sponsor of SC S0449, which is a senate bill quite similar to H. 3930.  If she actually supports Constitutional Carry in 2017, it would be a significant change.

Contact your senators yet again and let them know where you stand.  This is easy, and we all know it.  Use Robert’s Rules of Order, make a motion, second the motion, “call the question” (or stop debate), and vote on the motion.  It’s easy.  I’ve done this many times in church government.  It can be done in two minutes or less.

You know it can be done, state senators, I know it can be done, and my readers all know it can be done.  We’re privy to the games you play, and “we tried ever so hard but couldn’t reconcile the house and senate bills” just won’t do.  That isn’t good enough.  That will never be good enough again.  That excuse has run dry.

So who wants to be the laughingstock?  Who wants to stop constitutional carry, folks?  South Carolina, Alabama or Texas?  Who among the three of you wants to look the most like communist China?  Who wants to prove themselves the most corrupt?  Who wants to paint that target on their backs?  Speak up.  We’re waiting and watching.

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  1. On April 24, 2017 at 7:05 am, Marshall said:

    Herschel,

    Regarding your question:

    “So who wants to be the laughingstock? Who wants to stop constitutional carry, folks? South Carolina, Alabama or Texas? Who among the three of you wants to look the most like communist China? Who wants to prove themselves the most corrupt?”

    Being from SC and knowing the good ol’ boy system in Columbia, my money is on SC by 2 lengths or more.

    Marshall

  2. On April 30, 2017 at 8:23 am, DAN III said:

    Constitutional carry is only one part in the equation of Freedom.

    Once upon a time FREE men OWNED property, i.e., dirt, land ! Today one cannot own property. One only rents it from the scoundrels known as “government”. Government school taxes….why am I or anyone without children or having children they home school, parochial school or private school educate, forced to fund the abysmal government schools through property taxes ?

    You, we, us, I can have all the Constitutional Carry one wants. But, as long as we are forced to pay property/school taxes we will neved be free.

    Pay off your mortgage. Then, refuse to pay your property taxes. Wait to see how long before the sheriff with a stack of armed deputies raids your alleged home at Oh-dark-thirty and tells you to get out of HIS house !

    The badged thugs, should you choose to deny the sheriff HIS property, will have no problem executing a Jose Guerena on your ass.

    Constitutional Carry. You have it every day, anywhere, at any time….if you choose. Better to be tried by twelve than carried by six.

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