SC lawmaker monitored by police after receiving shooting threat over gun bill

SC lawmaker monitored by police after receiving shooting threat over gun bill

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A conservative group called the Freedom Action Network posted on Facebook blaming Rep. Peter McCoy, R-Charleston, of holding up a bill to allow people to carry handguns without a permit in South Carolina. It resulted in one commenter asking whether they should shoot McCoy. COLUMBIA — A Charleston lawmaker’s home is being watched by police after a Facebook commenter threatened to shoot him over a bill that would allow people to carry handguns in the state without a permit. The commenter was expressing frustration at state Rep. Peter McCoy, a Charleston Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, because the pro-gun legislation has not advanced in the Statehouse this year. “Totally sucks that one guy has that much control. Maybe we should shoot him?” the comment read. The ominous note was written after a group called Freedom Action Network of South Carolina blamed McCoy on Facebook for holding up the bill in his committee. The group called McCoy the ”#1 enemy of restoring our gun rights.” The Freedom Action Network already deleted the shooting threat from their Facebook page by Monday. “Under no circumstance do we advocate even the hint of a threat of violence,” said Dave Scwharts, the president of Freedom Action Network. “We disagree with Peter on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, but in no way do we wish him or his family any harm of any kind.” The question of shooting a sitting state lawmaker wasn’t the only hostile remark made on the […]

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