Failure to pass Constitutional Carry may send the signal gun rights are up for grabs in South Carolina, at the precise moment when other states are passing “red flag” laws.
Sometimes, passing strong pro-gun legislation means breaking the rules and defying the conventional wisdom.
Below is an excerpt from my speech on the State House steps at the Gun Rights Across America rally on Saturday, Feb. 28th 2015. Thanks to Evan Mulch for recording and posting the video.
America has a double layer of national defense: an official military, and an armed citizenry that is willing to fiercely defend our own lives and property equally against invasion by foreign enemies or by the agents of our own government.
Only a Hitler, Stalin, Mao, or Obama would distort these words:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Today, your own state government infringes on your right to keep and bear arms. You are required to ask your state government for permission before you may carry a concealed weapon in self defense. Getting this plastic permission slip can be a lengthy, six-month process that costs money and hours of your time. This is wrong.
No government licensing program will keep guns out of the hands of the criminal and the deranged in our society. What it will do is make government fatter and discourage responsible, law-abiding citizens from carrying weapons for their own defense.
Enough is enough. Last week, I filed House Bill 3716, the “South Carolina Constitutional Carry Act of 2015.” When this bill is enacted and signed by the Governor, if you want to:
- Concealed carry: CWP not required
- Park in or under the Capitol grounds: CWP not required
- Concealed carry on private property: CWP not required
- Park on school grounds: CWP not required
- Concealed carry at rest stops: CWP not required
- Concealed carry while hunting: CWP not required
- Judicial carry: CWP not required
- Retains CWP for reciprocity
I need your help getting this bill out of committee and onto the House floor for an on-the-record vote. Please contact Chairman Greg Delleney and ask for a hearing and committee vote to be scheduled as soon as possible.