South Carolina top cop calls for ‘felon-in-possession’ law to align federal, state statutes

South Carolina top cop calls for ‘felon-in-possession’ law to align federal, state statutes

South Carolina state Rep. Tommy Pope, R-York (The Center Square) – Numerous gun rights proposals submitted by South Carolina lawmakers await resolution when they convene the second half of their 2021-22 biennium session in January. The Legislature already has adopted one firearms measure, House Bill 3094, The Open Carry with Training Act , which allows concealed weapons permit holders to openly carry handguns after undergoing training. HB 3094, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Cox, R-Greenville, was adopted by the Senate, 28-16, and House, 83-34. It was signed into law by Gov. Henry McMaster on May 17 and went into effect Aug. 15. Cox and 35 cosponsors also filed House Bill 3096, The South Carolina Constitutional Carry Act , to authorize anyone legally allowed to own a gun to carry it without a state-issued license. The House approved HB 3096 in a 69-47 vote with an amendment prohibiting state and local law enforcement from allocating funds for “implementation, regulation, or enforcement” of any law adopted by Congress or rule imposed by the president that contradicts” HB 3096 “if passed after Jan. 1, 2021.” While HB 3096 seeks to prenullify federal firearms regulations adopted from 2021 on, several other stalled bills call for full nullification of all federal firearms regulation. House Bill 3042, The Second Amendment Preservation Act , sponsored by Rep. Stewart Jones, R-Laurens, and 28 cosponsors, awaits a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, and Senate Bill 614 , sponsored by Sen. Tom Corbin, R-Greenville, would make every South Carolina […]

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