Friday, May 05, 2017

SC: Reform of Carry Reciprocity on the Move in South Carolina

The South Carolina House of Representatives has passed a bill to reform the State's restrictive reciprocity law. The vote occurred on 4 May, 2017.  Currently, South Carolina only recognizes carry permits from 19 states, and "enhanced" permits from four more. This bill would recognize permits from up to 16 more states would be recognized by South Carolina. It seems likely that the regular permits from the four states whose enhanced permits will be recognized, if the permit holders are 21 years old or older. From
COLUMBIA — House members voted Wednesday to recognize the concealed weapons permits of most adults from states that recognize permits from South Carolina.

As initially proposed, the bill would have allowed anyone who possessed a concealed weapons permit from any state to carry legally in South Carolina. But 10 states do not recognize weapons permits of any state other than their own.
From the bill H. 3240:

“(N)(1) Valid out‑of‑state permits to carry concealable weapons held by a resident of a reciprocal state, or a state that recognizes and honors a valid South Carolina permit, who is twenty‑one years old or older must be honored by this State,
The vote in the House was 85-23. There are 79 Republicans and 44 Democrats in the South Carolina House of Representatives. There are 27 Republicans and 18 Democrats in the Senate.

It appears that Governor Henry McMaster will sign the bill. He said that he would sign the Constitutional Carry bill, if it passed the legislature. This bill is smaller, incremental step, with restores a bit more of the ability to exercise Second Amendment rights.
The bill may be a "consolation prize" for the failure of the  legislature to pass Constitutional Carry in South Carolina this year.  Constitutional Carry could still pass, but the prospects are diminishing day by day.  The South Carolina legislature is expected to adjourn on 1 June, 2017.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Article IV section 2 paragraph 1, United States Constitution " the citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities Of Citizens in the several States". a permit or a license indicates a regulated privilege. since the second amendment is not a privilege but is a federally guaranteed right. How, when or where you carry is not within the authority of any state to regulate. No state can deny the rights of a person from another state. You want to call the permit a tax, OK. the constitution forbids one state to tax a person from another state. California lost big time in the U.S. supreme court when the state was trying to keep sundowners out. Citizens can travel any where in this country without being taxed from one state to another. Crossing a state line can not require loosing your federally guaranteed rights. the second amendment is the second amendment where ever you are in this country and that is the right to keep and bear. there is no definition or design for what is a weapon for self defense in the second amendment or in the constitution and the states have no authority add a definition or describe a design. the ninth amendment secures your right of choice. If you really want to make a statement ad a cross to the design of any weapon you carry, freedom of religious expression guaranteed by the first amendment.