South Carolina lawmakers will consider a constitutional carry bill this session. Bottom line – this bill would allow open carry of handguns (with some exceptions) and permitless carry.
Reps. Hill, Putnam, Magnuson, Bedingfield, Long, Burns, Chumley, Thayer, Forrest, Gagnon, Quinn and Toole
A bill that proposes to enact the “SOUTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY ACT OF 2017”, a bill proposing to:
- Amend section 10-11-320, relating to carrying or discharging of a firearm, so as to delete the term “concealable weapons permit” and replace it with the term “firearm“
- Amend section 16-23-20, relating to the unlawful carrying of a handgun, so as to delete references to a concealed weapons permit issued to a person, to revise the provision that allows a handgun to be carried by a person in a vehicle, and to provide that a person who is not prohibited from possessing firearms under state law may carry a handgun under certain circumstances
- Amend sections 16-23-420 and 16-23-430, both relating to the possession of a firearm on school property, so as to delete references to concealed weapon permits, to delete the term “weapon” and replace it with the term “firearm“, and to provide that both sections do not apply to a person who lawfully is carrying a weapon secured in a motor vehicle
From Robert Merting, Esq., please visit his page.
There is no statistical evidence that supports the imposition of waiting periods as a means of reducing gun homicides. This should come as no surprise since research shows criminals rarely purchase firearms at gun stores or gun shows in the first place.
Waiting periods can also CAUSE violence by preventing someone who needs protection from obtaining a firearm in a timely manner. This is what happened in 2015 when a woman was murdered by a stalker while her gun permit application sat on the local police chief’s desk.
Which brings us back to the original “Brady Bunch”—that wholesome family that went out of their way to be truthful with each other. Telling one-quarter of the truth wasn’t acceptable back then, and would have resulted in at least a good shaming by Alice the housekeeper.
Apparently, however, one-quarter of the truth is plenty for Dan Gross and his Brady Bunch—which knows no shame.
“Another Big Lie From The Brady Bunch”America’s 1st Freedom, Mark Chesnut (September 13, 2016)
Brady Campaign (formerly known as “Handgun Control, Inc.” – seriously) president Dan Gross included suicides and unintentional and accidental shootings in “shot and killed” statistic to create a very misleading impression about “gun violence”. That number will also include homicides attributable to gangbangers and drug trade as well. So the overall narrative of statistics on gun homicides from this gun control group continues to be laced with dishonesty.
89% Percentage of SC voters who support background check legislation!
GunSense SC website (visited 2/23/16)
Another misrepresentation by the “GunSense” propaganda site. Consider:
Only four out of ten Americans support so-called “universal background checks” at gun shows after being informed that the vast majority of firearms sales at these shows are transacted by licensed retailers that already conduct such checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) as required by federal law.
When respondents are informed of the “universal background check” plan, i.e., that every transfer of a firearm, including those between family and friends, would be subject to the law, they reject the idea of universal background checks.
“Universal” background checks are silly, expensive and ineffective. Since criminals do not participate, how could any background check policy be universal? How naive.
[A] large percentage of guns sold in America—believed to be 40% or more—are purchased at gun shows or via the Internet, with no background checks required. (U.S. DOJ, National Institute of Justice Research, 1997)”
Gun Sense SC website (visited 2/23/16)
This statement is unsupported by the cited document and judged “mostly false” by PolitiFact when evaluating a similar assertion by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
The finding has been cited widely by gun control advocates – including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D- Va. – in calling for a federal law mandating universal background checks. But as we and other fact checkers have noted previously, the research is old and limited. (emphasis supplied)
Problems include the following:
- The 1994 study relied upon asked about gun acquisitions going back to 1991 – a period before the Brady background check law was on the books.
- The research looked at all gun transactions – including when a gun was obtained as a gift or as an inheritance – not simply “sales”.
- Gun shows include vendors who do not sell guns as well as those who do – but any dealer in firearms must have a federal firearms license regardless of place of sale.
One of the authors of the original study stated that:
“We’ve been following the give-and-take with some interest because our research is the original source of the 40-percent statistic . . . Our views may come as a surprise: First, we don’t know the current percentage – nor does anyone else.”
So if the authors don’t really know, how is it that Mayor Bloomberg, his mouthpiece organizations and the other gun control advocates do? But more importantly, how shameful it is that a purported “mission” must rely on such dishonesty to recruit support.
One of the best bills, H. 3025, has passed the House and now rests in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Several bills purport to address the Charleston tragedy last year – but apparently their sponsors did not read the news accounts very carefully. None of the proposals would increase agency sharing and reporting which the FBI report indicates as the sole issue.
Here is a quick rundown on what is pending. The text of the bills can be read in detail by using the “quick search” feature on the legislative website. Continue reading
Everytown would like to sell the idea in Nevada that allowing the state to insert itself into every gun “transfer” is going to somehow make citizens safer. Such an assertion is, however, a conclusion looking for evidence, not the other way around.
“Shameless Bloomberg’s Sham Studies” America’s First Freedom (February 5, 2016)
The Bloomberg shill organizations are floating a new propaganda study in hopes of confusing the voting public. Their target this time – online gun sales. To support new laws prohibiting these sales they offer a new study – which is deeply flawed.
America’s First Freedom breaks down the study in simple terms.
Here’s a sample of Everytown’s methodology: “A small number of sellers offered guns in higher volumes, which Everytown said might mean they were unlicensed dealers.” Hey, Ted, it also might mean they are licensed.
And we must always bear in mind that these studies are manipulated by the usual pack of slick operators:
Everytown for Gun Safety is a political advocacy organization, not an independent, unbiased research entity. The organization is wholly funded by gun-ban billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who also funds the similarly anti-gun Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The group’s “findings” are not peer-reviewed, and appear in no scientific journals.
The flaws in a nutshell – Continue reading
When it comes to “deadly weapons” the list in South Carolina is shorter than you think.
South Carolina law prohibits a person from carrying a concealed “deadly weapon” – these are weapons “usually used for the infliction of personal injury”. But the law exempts many items.
For example, the law exempts:
- metal knuckles,
- knives, and
unless they are used with the intent to commit a crime or in furtherance of a crime.
Note that handguns are not excepted. More in a future post on this, but open and concealed carry of handguns is strictly regulated in South Carolina. (Democrats that changed their label to “Republican” such as Senator Larry Martin from Pickens, South Carolina have seen to that. Don’t like his politics? Let him know @ http://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?T=M&C=1172727132)
Nonetheless, a person can carry a concealed weapon upon his own premises. And a person can also carry under the terms of a handgun concealed weapons permit.
Source: S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-460. Carrying concealed weapons; forfeiture of weapons.
Note: Check back for more information when when you CAN carry a handgun in the anti-Second Amendment State of South Carolina.