SC State Sen Lee Bright

South Carolina Senate Republican darling Lee Bright filed two bills for consideration yesterday to be considered legislative session. Bright’s bills —  S.117 and S.125— were referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary.

Titled the South Carolina Firearms Liberty Act and the Second Amendment Preservation Act, in tandem they would effectively nullify what Bright calls “unconstitutional actions taken by the federal government”, according to an article touting the measures on Guns.com.

If passed, the only opening for enforcement  of federal gun laws would be newly-purchased firearms brought in from other states. The acts would grandfather in all that are currently-owned and prohibit the state from enforcing federal restrictions on them.

Not only would the two acts make federal gun laws unenforceable in many cases, they would even criminalize attempts at enforcement, according to Guns.com:

Besides pushing to reject federal gun control measures past, present and future, the language of the legislation provide framework that would prohibit regulation over firearms made in the state. These guns would have to be stamped, “Made in South Carolina” on a central metallic part, and could not leave the state. Likewise, it would establish fines and penalties of up to $5,000 and five years imprisonment for authorities who would enforce federal regulations on these firearms.

This is Bright’s third consecutive attempt to have South Carolina nullify federal gun laws. He’s also made headlines for advocating to abolish the IRS.

Bright is a gun-loving Republican, for sure. A few weeks after the mass shooting of children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, Bright introduced a bill to the legislature that would have created elective shooting classes in state high schools. While fundraising to challenge Senator Lndsey Graham’s congressional seat, he raffled off an AR-15.

Bright has been touted as the “most conservative Republican in South Carolina” by John Birch Society-affiliated conservative Charlie Meadows, who held “Lindsey Graham Retirement Parties” hosted by his political action committee, OCPAC, to raise funds for Bright’s campaign for Graham’s seat.

Graham retained his nomination in the primary by a landslide, garnering 57% of the Republican vote.

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  • Ratcraft

    As an avid gun collector with a C&R license I know just how convoluted and redundant gun laws are. Most of them should be eliminated.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Hypatia Livingston,

    If this guy actually doesn’t understand why this is unconstitutional he has an incredibly poor understanding of US law. I would love to hear Lee Bright attempt to defend this at the supreme court.

  • Tim

    I searched for Article 23-31-710 and 23-31-715 are not listed on Title 23 Law
    Enforcement and Public Safety. The SC law listed online does not have Article 9
    shown. This law states the following.

    “A resident of this State including a corporation or other business entity
    maintaining a place of business in this State, who may lawfully purchase and
    receive delivery of a rifle or shotgun in this State, may purchase a rifle or
    shotgun in another state and transport or receive it in this State; provided,
    that the sale meets the lawful requirements of each state, meets all lawful
    requirements of any federal statute, and is made by a licensed importer,
    licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector.”

    This article already allows South Carolina residents to
    transport or receive in or out of South Carolina.

    Be Careful!! This bill is not what appears to be.