There’s been far too much bad news to cover lately, so let’s look at some positive developments to lighten the mood. One of these comes out of South Carolina, where the state legislature just passed a constitutional carry bill. Under these rules, anyone who is legally entitled to own a firearm can carry it in public, which falls in line with that whole keep and bear arms thing that Democrats hate to talk about. Hopes are not high for passage in the state senate, but the bill is still causing a considerable uproar. (WSPA)
The South Carolina House passed a bill Wednesday to allow anyone who can legally buy a gun to carry it without any kind of permit. It’s called Constitutional carry or permitless carry.
Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Laurens, sponsored the bill and told the House there’s no legal reason for the state to require a concealed weapons permit. “This is not a privilege like your driver’s license, granted by the bureaucracy of the state, it is a right guaranteed in your Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the United States,” he said. “By definition of the Constitution, the 2nd Amendment right, held up by two Supreme Court decisions, gives you the ability to keep and bear arms without being permitted by the government.”
In a simpler and more honest world, the explanation offered by Mike Pitts would be all that needs to be said. We’re not talking about a privilege which is granted to you as some sort of gift by the government and can just as easily be taken away. It’s a fundamental right which was built into the Constitution and it can only be removed in extreme situations where you have proven that you are too dangerous and/or unstable to be trusted with the right. That doesn’t stop opponents from attempting to make arguments to the contrary. Check out how it’s framed in the local press. (Emphasis added)