Some lawmakers hope to exclude South Carolina from federal gun laws

Some lawmakers hope to exclude South Carolina from federal gun laws

The unorganized militia bill aims to bypass federal law if assault rifles are banned, which some say is unconstitutional. COLUMBIA, S.C. — At the State House, a group of Republican senators are hoping to secure gun rights in South Carolina through a state militia bill. In an effort to prevent the federal government from taking away guns in South Carolina, Republican Senator Tom Corbin has introduced a bill that would make most South Carolinians members of the state’s unorganized militia. They would just have to be over 17-years-old and able to legally own a gun. "The militia may be called up by the governor and according to the U.S. Constitution, can be called up to defend our borders. But do we want our militia members fighting with? Pitchforks and broomsticks?" Senator Corbin asked when explaining his bill Wednesday. The bill says guns that are legal now, like assault rifles, should be the official weaponry of South Carolina’s unorganized militia, and the militia would only follow South Carolina law, not federal. "This bill is purposely designed to prevent the federal government from ever confiscating the weapons that my constituents can legally purchase now," said Corbin. "It is a preventive strike at any sort of federal gun grab." The bill includes an option for a citizen to opt out of the militia. Democratic Senator Dick Harpootlian said that even if the federal government passes new gun laws, there’s no evidence weapons would be seized. "All this does is fear monger that […]

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