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Bill Would Exempt SC-Made Guns From Federal Laws

Proposed legislation from Upstate lawmaker Lee Bright mirrors bills that have been passed in a handful of other states.

A bill filed by state Sen. Lee Bright a day before the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., would allow S.C. residents to buy firearms, ammunition and gun accessories made in the state, even if they violate federal gun-control laws.

Bright, R-Roebuck, introduced The Firearms Freedom Act last year, but the bill died in committee. Bright re-introduced his bill on Dec. 13 — the day before 20 children and seven adults were killed in Newtown — and hopes for a better outcome this time. Despite the renewed and heated national debate over gun control in the wake of the Newtown shootings, Bright told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal he believes there is actually more enthusiasm now for his bill.

“A lot of people are showing a lot of interest in it. We’ve got a better chance now than we had previously,” Bright told the newspaper. In addition to South Carolina being a gun-friendly state, Bright's positive outlook is also bolstered by a recent Gallup poll that showed the strident pro-gun National Rifle Association held a 54 percent favorability rating among Americans.  

The concept behind the bill? The federal government may regulate interstate commerce, but South Carolina gun manufacturers should be able to skirt federal laws and make and sell whatever they like within the state since their guns, gun parts, and accessories would not cross state lines.

The concept isn't exactly new or novel. Montana was the first state to pass such legislation, though it is currently tied up in litigation in federal court. Regardless, eight other states have passed identical legislation, and similar bills have been introduced in a score of other states, including South Carolina.

Bright said more gun control isn't the answer to gun violence. Connecticut, he told the paper, has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation.

"So there’s not a real strong correlation between gun laws and safety," Bright said. 

“There are a lot of folks that are against the Second Amendment and want to restrict people’s guns rights, and this is just one they seized,” he said, referring to Newtown.

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stanley seigler January 03, 2013 at 02:24 AM
weel 5WV made sense there for a little while...now he's back to the land of impossible gov/BO conspiracies or hallucinations...and completely illogical conclusions from facts... the earth will be hit by an asteroid before any of 5WV's idiotic scenarios happen...
stanley seigler January 03, 2013 at 05:52 PM
sigh, oh my...5WV you waste your energy preparing for/fighting battles that will never, NEVER, happen. try to logically trace steps that would lead to 'we the people' being attacked by our armed forces... try to logically trace steps that would lead the UN to arrive and start shooting... it aint gonna happen in a zillion years... and if it did happen in 2013 plus a zillion 'we the people' couldn't outgun USA and UN armed forces... use your God given abilities to fight poverty, hunger, and fight for efficient government...not fighting impossible battles to construct the most unlikely windmills...then justify an armed citizenry to fight the non existing windmills (eg, attacks by the UN). BTW you know what the Bible says about false prophets: 'Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing ['we the people' will be attacked by the UN, to justify free access to WMDs], but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.' dont think you are a 'ferocious wolf'...but you, NRA, etal, do harm...constructing straw men to justify free access to WMDs by crazies...ie, are complicit in the murder of our children...
5 War Veteran January 03, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Let us not forget the comment on opinions. I will maintain a wait and see and be prepared attitude.
stanley seigler January 03, 2013 at 10:35 PM
i never forget there are your, mine and other's opines and in big pic...they mean nothing...the only caveat: i find no facts to back 5WV's opines...bet 5WV sees none to back stanley's...
5 War Veteran January 04, 2013 at 09:27 PM
The facts are readily available. A simple search will support what I have provided. I do not need to check out what you provide because I already did the research. I provided readily available data just search that data. Would the Government stage a fake terror event to control the minds of the people and force the gun control issue? How about Operation Fast and Furious? They were caught! The White house directed operations to provide weapons to Mexican drug cartels so they could track the use of semi automatic weapons in crime with the specific intent to push Gun Control. In Congressional testimony Eric Holder admitted he knew the facts behind the operation. At what point am I making this up? At what point was there inadequate research? Yo can label me in anyway you want but what are your qualifications and what does your hammering me have anything to do with the topic involved? I can just as easily claim that you are a government plant whose sole purpose is to foment discontent.

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