The South Carolina House of Representatives took up H. 3240 yesterday, which is the bill introduced by state Representative Alan Clemmons (R-107) that would ensure South Carolina recognizes all valid Right-to-Carry (RTC) permits issued by other states. Unfortunately, the bill was amended on the floor to make the bill a reciprocity bill, rather than a universal recognition bill. This means that, in order for South Carolina to recognize a permit issued by another state, that state would also have to recognize a South Carolina permit. While reciprocity is an improvement over current law, NRA supports universal recognition as a stronger policy.
After H. 3240 was amended, it was passed by the House. Fortunately, there is a procedure available to return the bill to its original intended goal of universal recognition. State Representative Mike Pitts (R-14) will offer a motion today to reconsider the vote on the bill, and if successful, will also work to reconsider the weakening amendment.
It is critical that you contact your state Representative and urge them to support the effort by Representative Pitts to return H. 3240 to its original intent to establish True Recognition of RTC permits by South Carolina.
Stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this bill.