NRA-Backed Legislation Sent to House Floor!

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Yesterday, the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee approved two NRA-backed bills, both of which would make a number of significant improvements for firearms owners and dealers in the Palmetto State. Both bills will now be scheduled for consideration on the House floor as early as next week. Contact your state Representative today and encourage him or her to support both of these bills!

House Bill 3665, introduced by state Representatives Dan Cooper (now resigned), Mike Pitts (R-14), and Bill Taylor (R-86), would repeal the unnecessary requirement that Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders also be licensed by the state in order to sell handguns. This requirement is a remnant of the old One-Handgun-A-Month law that the NRA worked successfully to repeal in 2004. This bill would also repeal the prohibition on selling handguns in South Carolina that fail to meet an arbitrarily determined "melting point" standard, which is also tied into the handgun licensing provision. The subcommittee removed the state dealer licensing repeal language, when it was decided a fiscal impact would need to be determined for this provision. Rather than delay consideration of the ?melting point? repeal provision, that section was passed on its own, and the NRA will work with legislators to address the handgun dealer licensing repeal after the fiscal impact has been determined.

House Bill 4494, introduced by state Representatives Chip Huggins (R-85), Deborah Long (R-45), and Mike Pitts, would amend South Carolina law to comply with the federal standard that allows long guns to be purchased by South Carolinians in non-contiguous (not bordering) states. Current law in the Palmetto State restricts residents to purchasing long guns only in contiguous (bordering) states.

Both of these bills will be considered by the House in the near future, even as early as next week. Please encourage your state Representative?s support of these bills. Contact information for your state Legislators can be found by clicking here.

Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated on the status of these bills and other firearms-related legislation being considered by the South Carolina Legislature this session.

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Since Knotts is blocking the "Restaurant Carry" bill, S 1255 (Click here to read more about that), Pitts slipped "Restaurant Carry" into H3665:

H 3665 was amended yesterday to include a provision that would allow a concealed handgun permittee to carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol ? as long as no alcohol is consumed while carrying. This amendment, introduced by Representative Pitts, was approved in the House by an 83 to 7 vote today.
...but...

Unfortunately, a provision that would eliminate the duplicative and unnecessary requirement that Federal Firearms License holders must get a license from the state in order to sell handguns was previously removed from this bill. Please contact your state Representative TODAY and encourage him or her to support an amendment to restore this provision in HB 3665.
http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-legislation/2012/03/south-carolina-pro-gun-house-bills-moving-in-the-palmetto-state-(1).aspx

SECTION 1. Section 23-31-180 of the 1976 Code is repealed.

SECTION 2. Section 16-23-465 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 274 of 2002, is further amended to read:

"Section 16-23-465. In addition to the penalties provided for by Sections 16-11-620 and 23-31-220 a person is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than two thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both, when the person:

(1) carries a firearm into any business which sells alcoholic liquor, beer, or wine for consumption on the premises and which at the time of the offense was clearly and conspicuously posted in accordance with Section 23-31-220;

(2) carries a firearm in any business which sells alcoholic liquor, beer, or wine for consumption on the premises and refuses to leave or to remove the firearm from the premises when asked to do so by a person legally in control of the premises; or

(3) consumes alcohol while carrying a firearm in any business which sells alcoholic liquor, beer, or wine for consumption on the premises."

EDIT: Looks like it passed the house!:

http://www.palmettoshootersforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=3651

Here's the link to the bill on SCState.gov:

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess119_2011-2012/bills/3665.htm
 
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