A chronological history of GrassRoots activities concerning H. 3212 H. 3212: This bill would make South Carolina a “recognition” state instead of a “reciprocity” state. This means South Carolina would honor other states’ CWPs even without a reciprocal agreement. SLED would no longer be able to deny reciprocity with other states. This is important because SLED takes some extremely illogical positions to deny reciprocity. For example, SLED does not allow reciprocity with Florida because Florida’s CWP law does not specifically state former felons can not get a Florida CWP. GrassRoots pointed out to SLED that federal law makes it illegal for former felons to possess any firearm, and that states may not grant privileges that are contrary to federal law because federal law is the supreme law of the entire country. But, SLED feels they must protect South Carolina people from all of those former felons in Florida who will get Florida CWPs and then travel to South Carolina to shoot people here. Recognition laws in other states are the reason that SC CWPs are honored in most states, not our reciprocal agreements.
Principles Involved: The right to self defense is a basic human right. A basic human right exists independently of where you live or where you visit. Firearms are the most effective tools for self defense. To deny a person the tools to effectively exercise a right is the same as denying the right itself. The Second Amendment states the right to bear arms “shall not be infringed.” Thus, CWPs should not be required anywhere in America. CWP recognition laws do less to infringe upon the right to bear arms - and thus better protect the right to self defense - than do reciprocity laws. Every state should have a recognition law.
GrassRoots Position: GrassRoots strongly supports this bill and urges everyone to contact their elected representatives about this bill.
Current Status: On the Senate floor, but on the contested calendar.
Primary Sponsor: M. A. Pitts
Full Text: Feb. 14, 2007: Unanimously given a favorable recommendation by the House Judiciary General Laws subcommittee.
Feb. 20, 2007: Unanimously given a favorable recommendation by the House Judiciary Committee to the full SC House.
Feb. 22, 2007: Brought before the House for 2nd reading. Procedural delay (24hr point of order) requested by Rep. Jeff Duncan [R-Laurens & Newberry Cos.]
Feb. 27, 2007: Scheduled for 2nd reading before the House.
Feb. 28, 2007: Recommitted to Judiciary Committee.
Mar. 1, 2007: Vote reconsidered to send the bill to Judiciary Committee. Received 2nd reading. Roll call vote 100=yeas 2=nays. Unanimous consent for 3rd reading on the next legislative day.
Mar. 2, 2007: House Read third time and sent to Senate
Mar. 6, 2007: Senate Introduced and read first time. Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary
Mar. 7, 2007: Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Hawkins (ch), Sheheen, Lourie, Vaughn.
May 2, 2007: Senate Subcommittee unanimously voted to give a favorable recommendation and send the bill back to full Senate Judiciary Committee.
May 8, 2007: Senate Judiciary Committee voted to give a favorable recommendation and send the bill to the full Senate. Sen. Anderson attached a minority report to the bill.