A bill pre-filed for the 2013 state legislative session would exempt South Carolina from federal regulation over firearms, ammunition and accessories made in the state.
The Firearms Freedom Act is similar to bills that already have been approved in eight states, filed in 40 others, and are being challenged in court by the U.S. District Attorney. The bill, filed by Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, isn’t in response to the controversy over gun laws in the wake of the recent Newtown, Conn. massacre, he said. It was first filed last year and is a 10th amendment issue over state powers.
It has its supporters, but its fate isn’t certain in a legislature faced with a number of hot-button issues.