On Thursday, in South Carolina, a group of Republican lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow the state to secede. This would be triggered if the U.S. government began legally seizing firearms that were purchased in the state.
Text from the bill reads “the general assembly shall convene to consider whether to secede from the United States based upon the federal government’s unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution if the federal government confiscates legally purchased firearms in this state.”
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The measure was introduced by Republican Reps. Jonathon Hill, Ashley Trantham, and Mike Pitts. They seem to be reacting to the heated gun debate following the high school massacre in Parkland, Florida. Since that attack, many anti-gun violence groups have increased their advocacy in limiting the sale of certain weapons.
One of the bill’s authors, Mike Pitts, doesn’t believe his legislation will pass. He says that writing the bill was in part to bring attention to the issues of gun rights.
“I see a lot of stuff where people even talk about totally repealing the Second Amendment, which separates us from the entire rest of the world,” claims Pitts.
Currently, South Carolina ranks number eleven in the most dangerous states for gun violence. There are 15.2 firearm deaths for every 100,000 people. No permit is required in purchasing a weapon.
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