Several so-called “Constitutional Carry” bills are being considered in the South Carolina General Assembly — however, rather than being true Constitutional Carry bills, they enact dangerous restrictions on South Carolinians’ God-given right to keep and bear arms. Legislators must amend these bills to remove these dangerous provisions!
However, despite removing the permit requirement for carrying firearms in South Carolina, these bills contain multiple provisions restricting the God-given right to keep and bear arms. For example, S.109 and H.3594 both expand felonies for gun possession and state knowledge of firearm dispositions even when lost or stolen (see Sections 19 and 20).
Additionally, all three bills significantly expand the number of locations where it is illegal to carry firearms. These locations include, but are not limited to, a “church or other established religious sanctuary,” a “polling place on election day,” a “business meeting or office of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special purpose district,” a “school or college athletic event not related to firearms,” and the “residence or dwelling place of another person.” “Gun-free zones” are unsafe and are magnets for criminals.
State legislators must not compromise our God-given rights with a compromised so-called “Constitutional Carry” bill. Instead, they should fully obey and enforce the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, along with Article I, Section 20 of South Carolina Constitution. This includes nullifying the many unconstitutional federal gun-control laws and regulations.
Contact your state representative and senator, and urge them to amend S.109, H.3594, and H.3612 to remove the dangerous provisions and to fully protect the God-given right to keep and bear arms. Also, urge them against supporting the bills as currently drafted.
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