SC Attorney General Alan Wilson Scores Big Second Amendment Victory

SC Attorney General Alan Wilson Scores Big Second Amendment Victory

South Carolina attorney general Alan Wilson scored a big victory this week when a circuit court judge struck down several Columbia, S.C. city ordinances seeking to unlawfully restrict firearm ownership within the city limits of the Palmetto State capital. Readers will recall Wilson took Columbia to court last year over its repeated, flagrantly unconstitutional/ extra-legal attempts to ban firearms within its city limits. This week, S.C. circuit court judge Jocelyn Newman issued a ruling ( .pdf ) concurring with Wilson – and striking down a trio of city ordinances deemed “invalid as violative of state law.” Newman didn’t even need a lengthy court proceeding to reach this determination – issuing what is known as a “judgment on the pleadings” (i.e. a ruling based on the documents submitted by attorneys in the case). In other words, the issue was so clear cut she didn’t need to hold a trial … (SPONSORED CONTENT – STORY CONTINUES BELOW) “We’ve said for three decades now that state law doesn’t allow cities, towns or counties to regulate firearms, so we appreciate the judge’s ruling,” Wilson said in a statement. “These Columbia ordinances clearly violate the state law that prohibits local governments from passing any gun laws or ordinances that regulate the transfer, ownership, or possession of firearms.” It remains to be seen whether the city will appeal the ruling … My news outlet has previously editorialized in support of Wilson , who explicitly warned Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin that the latter’s ongoing attempts to […]

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