Gun Bills In South Carolina

BY Herschel Smith
2 months ago

Statehouse Report.

When state lawmakers return in January, senators will consider final reading of a bill that would make it legal to carry a concealed handgun in the state without a permit (S. 139). The bill has already received second reading in the Senate. If passed, it will need to get approval in the House.

Other bills calling for expansion of gun rights include:

  • Allowing clerks of court to carry concealed weapons on duty (H. 3073);
  • Allowing concealed weapon permit holders to carry on church property, and make it so the church is not held liable in the event of an incident (H. 3774); and,
  • Reciprocating all out-of-state concealed weapons permits (H. 4314).

Bills calling for gun control so far in 2019 session include:

  • A “school safety fund” (H. 3109) that would charge a 7 percent fee on the sale of handguns to provide for school resource officers;
  • Lizzy’s aw (H. 3683), which is a proposal that would mandate the reported loss or theft of a firearm;
  • Several bills (S. 154, H. 3248) that would require a 10-day mandatory reporting of criminal cases to state law enforcement (also known as closing the “Charleston loophole”);
  • A ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines (H. 3206); and,
  • A mandatory national background check for any sale, exchange or transfer of a firearm (H. 3059).

You know what’s not there?  That’s right.  Open carry.  Nary a word.


Comments

  1. On August 14, 2019 at 4:47 am, Nosmo said:

    Know what else is not there? A statute change to eliminate the gun free zones mandated by South Carolina statutes…..which all come from the state legislature.

  2. On August 14, 2019 at 5:33 am, Matt said:

    If you look at it from the standpoint that all politicians are driven by a desire for public power over The People, they’re behavior makes a lot more sense. Legislative disarmament that excludes their agents of force and violence is power over the people.

    Likewise open carry spooks the sheeple and they’re afraid of being seen as doing anything that spooks the sheeple because it can threaten them at voting time.

  3. On August 14, 2019 at 6:23 am, Statehouse Report said:

    Read the story better. In your own excerpt (paragraph one above) you have a link to a constitutional carry bill that essentially is OPEN CARRY.
    https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/bills/139.htm

  4. On August 14, 2019 at 7:43 am, Herschel Smith said:

    The last time I read the constitutional carry bill it didn’t stipulate the legality of open carry. Granted it’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I’ll go back and see what it says. Unless it is CLEAR and in UNAMBIGUOUS language that cannot be challenged or misinterpreted by LEOs, it doesn’t say what you say it says. That was my complaint all along with the constitutional carry bill in SC.

    So the word “essentially” is an important one.

  5. On August 14, 2019 at 8:38 am, Frank Clarke said:

    It starts out with:

    Section 16-23-20.(A) It is lawful for anyone to carry about the person any handgun, whether concealed or not, except…

    I have no dog in this fight, being from Florida, but it sure looks like open carry would become explicitly legal…

  6. On August 14, 2019 at 1:51 pm, ExpatNJ said:

    We ALL have a “dog in this [gun-rights’] fight”. Every. Single. One. Of. Us. Regardless of where we live, or what ‘laws’ are in any place currently.

    Gun-owners from neighboring states can make a difference in the 2A outcome. Contact a state’s Board of Tourism; let them know YOU won’t visit their state if the ‘wrong’ gun bills pass, or the ‘right’ ones don’t. Gun owners in ANY state can contact the State Chamber of Commerce; let them know YOU will or won’t spend your hard-earned dollars on businesses there for the same reasons.

    Use the 1A – while we still have it – to save the 2A. But, always cultivate alternate plans of action if both go away.

  7. On August 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm, Frank said:

    So with this one –
    A “school safety fund” (H. 3109) that would charge a 7 percent fee on the sale of handguns to provide for school resource officers

    I wonder if the sro will be forced (have a specific duty to protect everyone) to protect all students individually, since they have all those rulings about the police have no specific duty to protect anyone?
    I bet that will not be brought up at all
    leaving aside the whole bit about infringing on the 2A and the tax and all the other things wrong with all these bills

  8. On August 21, 2019 at 12:43 pm, Roger J said:

    The sad fact is that we have no gun rights organization in South Carolina worthy of the name, nothing like NC’s GRNC or Virginia’s VCDL. The orgs that do exist here are rarely, if ever, seen at the State House.

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