Legislative Updates

February 10, 2017

South Carolina Constitutional Bill H.3700

Please contact the Chairman, House Judiciary Committee Mr F. Gregory Delleny Jr and ask him to schedule a committee hearing immediately.  Thus far he has blocked this bill. 

 

February 2, 2917

Pending Firearm Legislation commentary by Robert Merting

Pending Firearm Legislation commentary by Robert Merting  II

 

February 2, 2017-  Pre-filed Bills for 2017 session

 

H. 3180 (Word version) -- Rep. Cobb-Hunter: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 2 TO CHAPTER 31, TITLE 23 ENTITLED "FIREARMS CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS" SO AS TO REQUIRE THAT A NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK MUST BE COMPLETED AND DELIVERY OF A FIREARM TO A PURCHASER OR TRANSFEREE MAY NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL THE RESULTS OF ALL REQUIRED BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE KNOWN AND THE PURCHASER OR TRANSFEREE IS NOT PROHIBITED FROM DELIVERY OF THE FIREARM.
 
H. 3181 (Word version) -- Rep. Cobb-Hunter: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 2 TO CHAPTER 31, TITLE 23 SO AS TO REQUIRE A NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK BEFORE ANY SALE, EXCHANGE, OR TRANSFER OF A FIREARM IN THE STATE AND TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR THE BACKGROUND CHECKS; TO REQUIRE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS AT GUN SHOWS AND TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR THE BACKGROUND CHECKS; AND TO EXEMPT RECORDS KEPT FROM DISCLOSURE AS A PUBLIC RECORD UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION OF THE ARTICLE.
 
H. 3183 (Word version) -- Rep. Gilliard: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF CERTAIN OFFENSES INVOLVING WEAPONS, SO AS TO INCLUDE ASSAULT WEAPONS IN THE PURVIEW OF THE STATUTE AND INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR A VIOLATION AND CREATE A TWO-TIERED PENALTY SCHEME; TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-210, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF THE ARTICLE, SO AS TO DEFINE THE TERM "ASSAULT WEAPON"; TO AMEND SECTIONS 16-23-220, 16-23-230, AND 16-23-240, RELATING TO THE UNLAWFUL TRANSPORTATION; STORING, KEEPING, OR POSSESSING; AND SALE, RENTAL, OR GIVING AWAY OF MACHINE GUNS, MILITARY FIREARMS, SAWED-OFF SHOTGUNS OR RIFLES, RESPECTIVELY, SO AS TO INCLUDE ASSAULT WEAPONS IN THE LIST OF WEAPONS BANNED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THE STATUTES; AND BY ADDING ARTICLE 9 TO CHAPTER 31, TITLE 23 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO SELL OR GIVE A FIREARM TO A PERSON WHOSE NAME APPEARS ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR A PERSON WHO VIOLATES THIS PROVISION.
 
H. 3192 (Word version) -- Rep. Gilliard: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-440, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE OFFENSE OF DISCHARGING FIREARMS AT OR INTO DWELLINGS, STRUCTURES, ENCLOSURES, VEHICLES, OR EQUIPMENT, SO AS TO EXPAND THE PURVIEW OF THE OFFENSE TO INCLUDE SHOPPING MALLS, MOVIE THEATERS, PARKING LOTS, AND ANY OTHER PUBLIC GATHERING.
 
H. 3217 (Word version) -- Rep. Whipper: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ENACT "LIZZY'S LAW" BY ADDING SECTION 16-23-540 SO AS TO REQUIRE AN OWNER OR OTHER PERSON LAWFULLY IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, RIFLE, OR SHOTGUN TO REPORT THE LOSS OR THEFT OF EACH SUCH WEAPON, TO REQUIRE THE APPROPRIATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY TO COLLECT CERTAIN INFORMATION REGARDING A LOST OR STOLEN WEAPON, AND TO PROVIDE GRADUATED PENALTIES FOR THE FAILURE TO REPORT A LOST OR STOLEN WEAPON.
 
H. 3248 (Word version) -- Reps. Fry and Crawford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-420, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE POSSESSION OF A FIREARM ON A POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTION'S PROPERTY SO AS TO DELETE THE RESTRICTIONS PLACED ON A HOLDER OF A CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT ON CARRYING A FIREARM ON POST-SECONDARY SCHOOL PROPERTY UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE INSTITUTION SHALL DEVELOP POLICIES TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS THAT ALLOW A HOLDER OF A CONCEALED WEAPON PERMIT TO CARRY A FIREARM ON THE INSTITUTION'S PREMISES.
 
H. 3262 (Word version) -- Reps. Long, Burns and Chumley: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-420, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE POSSESSION OF A FIREARM ON A POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTION'S PROPERTY SO AS TO DELETE THE RESTRICTIONS PLACED ON A HOLDER OF A CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT ON CARRYING A FIREARM ON POST-SECONDARY SCHOOL PROPERTY, AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 23-31-215, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF CONCEALED WEAPON PERMITS, SO AS TO DELETE THE RESTRICTION PLACED ON THE CARRYING OF A WEAPON INTO A COLLEGE ATHLETIC EVENT, AND TO DELETE AN OBSOLETE CODE REFERENCE, AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES.
 
H. 3265 (Word version) -- Rep. McKnight: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 23-1-250 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY MAY NOT OPERATE AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH FIREARMS INTENDED TO INFLICT DEADLY FORCE UPON INDIVIDUALS OR PROPERTY, TO PROVIDE THAT THIS PROVISION DOES NOT APPLY TO THE OPERATION OF A VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH FIREARMS INTENDED TO DETONATE AND DISPOSE OF EXPLOSIVES, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY.
 
H. 3266 (Word version) -- Rep. McKnight: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 9 TO CHAPTER 31, TITLE 23 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO SELL OR GIVE A FIREARM TO A PERSON WHOSE NAME APPEARS ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR A PERSON WHO VIOLATES THIS PROVISION
 
H. 3328 (Word version) -- Rep. Bernstein: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 2 TO CHAPTER 31, TITLE 23 ENTITLED "FIREARMS CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS" SO AS TO REQUIRE A TWENTY-EIGHT DAY WAITING PERIOD FOR PURCHASERS OR TRANSFEREES OF FIREARMS UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
 
H. 3182 (Word version) -- Rep. Crosby: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VARIOUS OFFENSES INVOLVING HANDGUNS, SO AS TO INCREASE THE PENALTY FOR THE UNLAWFUL CARRYING OF A HANDGUN FROM ONE YEAR TO FIVE YEARS AND INCREASE THE FINE FOR A VIOLATION.
 
H. 3183 (Word version) -- Rep. Gilliard: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF CERTAIN OFFENSES INVOLVING WEAPONS, SO AS TO INCLUDE ASSAULT WEAPONS IN THE PURVIEW OF THE STATUTE AND INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR A VIOLATION AND CREATE A TWO-TIERED PENALTY SCHEME; TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-210, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF THE ARTICLE, SO AS TO DEFINE THE TERM "ASSAULT WEAPON"; TO AMEND SECTIONS 16-23-220, 16-23-230, AND 16-23-240, RELATING TO THE UNLAWFUL TRANSPORTATION; STORING, KEEPING, OR POSSESSING; AND SALE, RENTAL, OR GIVING AWAY OF MACHINE GUNS, MILITARY FIREARMS, SAWED-OFF SHOTGUNS OR RIFLES, RESPECTIVELY, SO AS TO INCLUDE ASSAULT WEAPONS IN THE LIST OF WEAPONS BANNED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THE STATUTES; AND BY ADDING ARTICLE 9 TO CHAPTER 31, TITLE 23 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO SELL OR GIVE A FIREARM TO A PERSON WHOSE NAME APPEARS ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR A PERSON WHO VIOLATES THIS PROVISION.
 
H. 3187 (Word version) -- Reps. Burns, Chumley and Long: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE UNLAWFUL CARRYING OF HANDGUNS AND EXCEPTIONS TO UNLAWFUL CARRYING, SO AS TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL EXCEPTION FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PROVIDERS, FIREFIGHTERS, AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS DURING AN EMERGENCY UNDER CERTAIN DELINEATED CIRCUMSTANCES.
 
H. 3190 (Word version) -- Rep. Gilliard: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR OFFENSES INVOLVING HANDGUNS, SO AS TO RESTRUCTURE THE PENALTY FOR THE UNLAWFUL CARRYING OF A HANDGUN AND TO PROVIDE A TIERED PENALTY STRUCTURE FOR THE OFFENSE.
 
H. 3191 (Word version) -- Rep. Gilliard: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-23-50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE PENALTIES IMPOSED FOR THE UNLAWFUL CARRYING OF A HANDGUN AND THE UNLAWFUL SALE OR DELIVERY OF A HANDGUN, SO AS TO CREATE GRADUATED PENALTIES FOR SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES.
 
 
 
S. 21 (Word version) -- Senator Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 50-11-108 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON MAY USE A FIREARM TO KILL OR ATTEMPT TO KILL ANY ANIMAL DURING ANY SEASON IN SELF-DEFENSE, DEFENSE OF ANOTHER, OR DEFENSE OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS, TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHO USES DEADLY FORCE AGAINST A BIG GAME ANIMAL OR ALLIGATOR MUST REPORT THE INCIDENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN ANIMAL CARCASSES TAKEN PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION MAY NOT BE RETAINED, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO REPORT THE INCIDENT OR SURRENDER THE CARCASS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES.
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S. 73 (Word version) -- Senator Verdin: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-36-2120 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE SECOND AMENDMENT WEEKEND TAX EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN FIREARMS, TO INCLUDE AN EXEMPTION FOR RESIDENTIAL HOME PROTECTION PRODUCTS.
April 26, 2016

Our 1st Amendment is under attack via H.3139

The State Senate is working to fast track H.3139 in an effort to shut out advocacy groups like SC Carry. If H.3139, the “Ethics Bill” passes, ‘ethics’ will be something that applies to ‘us’ and is enforced by ‘them.’

February 22, 2016

New background check laws and purchase delays being proposed

Gun control advocates have openly admitted they are using the Charleston shooting as a pretext for more legislation this session. Their supporters have flooded the legislature with letters urging more gun control.

January 27, 2016

H. 3025 (Constitutional Carry)

This bill would allow any person

• who has attained the age of 21
• who is not legally barred from owning a handgun
• to carry a concealed handgun on their person in public
• except in places where banned
 by statute or
 by posting

The bill allows for acquisition of a permit through the current CWP process. This will enable South Carolina residents to still obtain the benefits of a permit where needed for reciprocity purposes.

A permit will not be required, however, for a person carrying a concealable weapon in a manner not prohibited by law. In other words, you will no longer need a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

Some differences may apply – for example, only a permit holder can have a loaded handgun in a vehicle (secured as provided by statute) on school property. Others may only have an unloaded firearm in the secured location.

The bill extends recognition to out of state permit holders. Valid out of state permits to carry concealable weapons “must be honored” by SLED.

In an important change, the penalty for violating the prohibition on consumption of alcohol is reduced from three years to two years maximum imprisonment.

H. 3025 is not an open carry bill though some may refer to it as a “constitutional carry” bill. Nonetheless, since it has passed the House, it is the bill with the best chance of passage. The bill now rests with the Senate Judiciary Committee. Whether it will be voted upon depends on the members of that committee which is chaired by Larry Martin from Pickens County.

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  • commented 2016-07-05 13:47:34 -0400
    What a great time in South Carolina as South Carolina Carry, it’s members and the citizens gained a HUGE victory in the passage of H3799 on June 3rd, 2016. We now can conceal or open carry while visiting Georgia.
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