Rep. Pitts Introduces Binding Gun Rights Law

February 4, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

On February 2nd, Rep. Ted Pitts introduced a bill in the SC State House that would make it a felony for any public government official to require registration to purchase a firearm or ammunition within the state of South Carolina.  This bill, H.4509, is currently sitting in the House Judiciary committee pending its recommendation.

This reminds me of the Montana law passed in the past few years which provides a safe haven for gun manufacturers in Montana.  This does not go quite has far but it moves to put the Federal Government on notice and helps ensure the peoples second amendment rights as defined in the Bill of Rights.

Read the bill below.

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-5-135 SO AS TO MAKE FINDINGS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN REGARD TO A PERSON’S RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, TO PROVIDE THAT NO PUBLIC OFFICIAL OF ANY JURISDICTION MAY REQUIRE REGISTRATION OF PURCHASERS OF FIREARMS OR AMMUNITION WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THIS STATE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION WHICH IS A FELONY.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Chapter 5, Title 16 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

“Section 16-5-135.    (A)    The General Assembly of the State of South Carolina finds:

(1)    No authority was given to the United States to limit or restrict the right of the citizens of this State to keep and bear arms;

(2)    The United States Congress and all federal agencies are further expressly prohibited from infringing upon the rights of the citizens of this State to keep and bear arms by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which states:

‘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.';

(3)    The 90th United States Congress attempted to exceed its authority in violation of Article II of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution in purporting to pass the so-called ‘gun registration bill’ in the form of Public Law 90-168;

(4)    Federal agents have flouted the United States Constitution and foresworn their oath to support this Constitution by requiring registration of the purchasers of firearms and ammunition, and these requirements violate the limits of authority placed upon the federal agents by the United States Constitution and are dangerous to the liberties of the people; and

(5)    Article XIII, Section 1 of the Constitution of South Carolina, 1985, provides that all able-bodied male citizens between the ages of eighteen and forty-five are members of the militia of the State of South Carolina, and the effectiveness of these members in suppressing civil disorder or resisting invasion is impeded by infringing on the right of the people to keep and bear arms, by requiring registration of firearms and purchase of ammunition.

(B)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no public official of any jurisdiction may require registration of purchasers of firearms or ammunition within the boundaries of this State.

(C)    Any person violating the provisions of this subsection (B) is guilty of a felony and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars, or a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both.

(D)    Any aggrieved party shall also have a private action against any person violating the provisions of subsection (B).”

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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Lt. Governors Race, what the ethics report tells us

July 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion, SC Politics

 

ken-ardThe ethics reports filings were posted online July 15, 2009, and it seems like the only Lt. Governor’s Candidate who really has a grasps on this election is Ken Ard from Pamplico, SC. He is leading the candidates in more ways than one, number one is the campaign fundraising. It seems that Ard has grasped the concept of running a statewide campaign due to the fact that during the last quarter he doubled what Connor’s Campaign gained. Ted Pitts’ campaign has a lot to be desired if he wishes to be in the race for much longer. When a campaign only has $13,000 in the bank and the primary is a year away that leaves a lot of unanswered questions, as to what type of effort is being put on the table (i.e. what kind of fundraising is happening) for this campaign.

From my point of view I see Ken Ard making more progress through the next quarter, possibly doubling this quarter’s contributions. Bill Connor needs to step it up somewhat due to the fact that Ken Ard even has more contributions on hand, while Connor has had the advantage from being in the race the longest.  I’m not endorsing any candidate for Lt. Governor, but I am saying that it is pretty obvious that the candidate working the hardest to become the next Lt. Governor for the state of South Carolina is Ken Ard.

The primary for 2010 will be a tight one, as the top two candidates are Ken Ard and Bill Connor. These candidates are the only ones putting forth the effort that has yet to be seen by Ted Pitts.

Rep. Ted Pitts to Run for Lt. Gov

May 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Press Release

Lexington State Rep. to announce via online live feed

WHAT:       Ted Pitts Candidacy Announcement for Lt. Gov.

WHEN:       Tomorrow (Wednesday) 10 a.m.

WHERE:      Log onto www.ustream.tv/channel/Ted-Pitts-TV

Pitts will be taking questions from the media in several ways:
1.     Email questions to Ted@tedpitts.net
2.     You can use your Twitter account to ask on Ted’s Ustream broadcast page
3.     Sign up for FREE for Ustream by www.ustream.tv and clicking on the “Sign Up” link at the top. It takes about 20 seconds and you can sign     up any time before 10 a.m.

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Name: Mike Green
Email: mike@starboardcommunications.com