Grassroots Second Amendment Battle Divides South Carolina Republicans

Grassroots Second Amendment Battle Divides South Carolina Republicans

South Carolina Republicans are a house divided when it comes to dueling Second Amendment bills this year. However, this issue turned into a political “knife fight” over the Easter holiday when a gun rights group accused multiple GOP lawmakers of “stabbing gun owners in the back.” Mixed metaphors, anyone? First, some background on the issue … As my news outlet noted last month, hot button issues like abortion and gun control have been at the forefront of debate in the S.C. General Assembly thus far in 2021 – badly dividing “Republican” majorities in both the S.C. House of Representatives and the State Senate. Within this broader division, “battle lines (have been) drawn within the Republican caucus over competing Second Amendment bills.” While the federal government is embarking upon a fresh gun grab , state leaders are looking to expand the ability of law-abiding gun owners to exercise one of their most fundamental American liberties. One bill – H. 3039 – would provide for what is known as “constitutional carry” (or “permit-less carry”). Under this proposal, state-issued concealed weapons permits would be struck down – and anyone not legally prohibited from owning a weapon would be allowed to carry one without a permit. (SPONSORED CONTENT – STORY CONTINUES BELOW) Another constitutional carry bill – H. 3096 – affirms this basic principle, but delineates “the locations and circumstances where carrying a handgun is legal.” Sources familiar with the legislation tell us it is a “cleaner” version of constitutional carry, mirroring bills […]

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