Senate to Debate CWP Reciprocity Bill

A RELATIVELY UNIMPORTANT BILL ON A HIGHLY IMPORTANT TOPIC [Update: This bill was passed by the General assembly and signed by the governor.] Last week, the Senate put H.3799 on the special order calendar and will likely consider the bill this week. It’s a simple reciprocity bill that would require South Carolina to recognize concealed weapons […]

UPDATE: Second Amendment Bills

● Concealed carry bills pass House, await Senate approval ● Plenty of assertion, no evidence from gun rights opponents ● Gun restriction bills going nowhere We’re about halfway through the second year of the current two-year legislative session, and it doesn’t appear that gun rights will be significantly expanded before lawmakers go home. The good […]

ANALYSIS: Constitutional Carry

ON CARRYING FIREARMS, THE PRESUMPTION SHOULD BE ONE OF LIBERTY S.105 and companion bills S.570 and H.3716 are all attempts to enact a policy of “constitutional carry.” If passed, any of the bills would make South Carolina the seventh state to legalize constitutional carry. Maine became the sixth state to do so on July 8. Anyone over 21 […]

Emergency Gun Bans & the Constitution

● Lawsuit alleges city acted improperly in gun ban. ● Attorney General opinion agrees. ● City’s ban runs against Second Amendment, court precedent. ● Flouting constitutionality a troubling trend in state, local bills. Of the rights enumerated in the U.S. Constitution, few have been contested as fiercely as American’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Throughout the […]

Why S.C. Needs a Constitutional Carry Law

MORE FREEDOM, LESS CRIME A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. —U.S. Constitution, Second Amendment Despite the plain meaning of “shall not be infringed,” the fundamental right to carry a firearm for protection has been […]

Firearm Freedom: How to Achieve It

FREEDOM TO OWN GUNS ISN’T THE PROBLEM — SOUTH CAROLINIANS SHOULDN’T HAVE TO PRETEND IT IS South Carolina is one of the most gun friendly states in America, according to conventional wisdom. This may or may not be true when it comes to citizens attitudes, but it certainly isn’t reflected in the state’s firearm laws that, […]

‘Restaurant Carry’: What Would the Founders Say?

FIRST, THEY’D SCRATCH THEIR HEADS AND ASK WHY IT WAS NECESSARY In this year’s Best & Worst of the General Assembly (and here’s a polite reminder that you can download your electronic copy here), we discussed a S.308 that would allow holders of concealed weapons permits, or CWPs, to carry their side arms into restaurants […]

Why S.C. Should Resist Federal Coercion on Gun Laws

OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE SUGGESTS POINTLESSNESS OF MORE GUN LAWS South Carolina, as we contended in an August commentary, doesn’t deserve its fiercely pro-gun reputation – at least, not if the criterion is state law rather than general attitudes. Unfortunately, however, state law isn’t the only thing South Carolina gun owners need to be concerned about. Another […]

Is South Carolina Really All That ‘Pro-Gun’?

OUR LAWS MIGHT SURPRISE YOU A great deal of coverage was given recently to South Carolina’s successful wooing of Connecticut gun manufacturer PTR Industries concentrated on state officials’ – and especially the governor’s –  “personal touch” as an important factor in PTR’s decision to relocate. Equally important, some officials claim (and some in the media […]