South Carolina General Assembly
122nd Session, 2017-2018

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H. 3240

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Clemmons, Lucas, Pope, Bannister, Rutherford, Delleney, White, Sandifer, Hiott, Allison, G.R. Smith, Bedingfield, W. Newton, Taylor, Yow, Murphy, Thayer, Finlay, D.C. Moss, Hayes, Crawford, Ryhal, Duckworth, Johnson, Fry, Hewitt, S. Rivers, Huggins, Chumley, Gagnon, Burns, Hill, Stringer, Loftis, Atwater, Clyburn, Elliott, Long, Magnuson, B. Newton, G.M. Smith, West, Whitmire, Hixon, Daning, Hamilton, Hardee, Crosby, Martin, V.S. Moss, Blackwell, Henderson, Herbkersman and Willis
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Introduced in the House on January 10, 2017
Currently residing in the House

Summary: Concealed weapons permit

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/15/2016  House   Prefiled
  12/15/2016  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary
   1/10/2017  House   Introduced and read first time
   1/10/2017  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary
   1/11/2017  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Whitmire, 
                        Hixon, Daning (House Journal-page 125)
   1/12/2017  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Hamilton 
                        (House Journal-page 46)
   1/17/2017  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Hardee
   1/18/2017  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Crosby
   1/25/2017  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Martin
   1/26/2017  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: V.S.Moss
    2/9/2017  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Blackwell
   2/15/2017  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 3)
   2/21/2017  House   Requests for debate-Rep(s). Clemmons, JE Smith, White, 
                        Wheeler, Hewitt, Fry, Crawford, Yow, Hardee, 
                        Jefferson, Williams, King, Knight, Thigpen, Weeks, 
                        McEachern, Douglas, Ridgeway, Clary, Anderson, Pope, 
                        Hoitt, Hosey, Gilliard, McCoy, Hixon, B Newton, 
                        Martin, Brown, Clyburn, Mack, VS Moss, Bedingfield, GR 
                        Smith, Robinson-Simpson, Dilliard, Norrell 
                        (House Journal-page 32)
   2/23/2017  House   Debate adjourned until Tues., 2-28-17 
                        (House Journal-page 21)
   2/28/2017  House   Debate adjourned until Wed., 3-1-17 
                        (House Journal-page 19)
    3/1/2017  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Henderson
    3/7/2017  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Herbkersman
    3/9/2017  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Willis
   3/22/2017  House   Debate adjourned until Thur., 3-23-17

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12/15/2016
2/15/2017

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COMMITTEE REPORT

February 15, 2017

H. 3240

Introduced by Reps. Clemmons, Lucas, Pope, Bannister, Rutherford, Delleney, White, Sandifer, Hiott, Allison, G.R. Smith, Bedingfield, W. Newton, Taylor, Yow, Murphy, Thayer, Finlay, D.C. Moss, Hayes, Crawford, Ryhal, Duckworth, Johnson, Fry, Hewitt, S. Rivers, Huggins, Chumley, Gagnon, Burns, Hill, Stringer, Loftis, Atwater, Clyburn, Elliott, Long, Magnuson, B. Newton, G.M. Smith, West, Whitmire, Hixon, Daning, Hamilton, Hardee, Crosby, Martin, V.S. Moss and Blackwell

S. Printed 2/15/17--H.

Read the first time January 10, 2017.

            

THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

To whom was referred a Bill (H. 3240) to amend Section 23-31-215, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the issuance of concealed weapons permits, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass with amendment:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting:

\    SECTION    1.    This Act may be cited as the "National Concealed Weapons Permit Reciprocity Act".

SECTION    2.    Section 23-31-215(N) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 223 of 2016, is further amended to read:

"(N)(1)    Valid out-of-state permits to carry concealable weapons held by a resident of a reciprocal another state who is twenty-one years old or older must be honored by this State, provided, that the reciprocal state requires an applicant to successfully pass a criminal background check and a course in firearm training and safety. A resident of a reciprocal another state carrying a concealable weapon in South Carolina with a valid out-of-state permit to carry a concealable weapon is subject to and must abide by the laws of South Carolina regarding concealable weapons while in South Carolina. SLED shall maintain and publish a list of those states as the states with which South Carolina has reciprocity. The age twenty-one requirement does not apply to a member of the active or reserve military, or a member of the National Guard.

(2)    Notwithstanding the reciprocity requirements of item (1), South Carolina shall automatically recognize concealed weapon permits issued by Georgia and North Carolina.

(3)    The reciprocity provisions of this section shall not be construed to authorize the holder of any out-of-state permit or license to carry, in this State, any firearm or weapon other than a handgun."

SECTION    3.    Section 23-31-215(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 123 of 2014, is further amended to read:

"(A)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, except subject to subsection (B), SLED must issue a permit, which is no larger than three and one-half inches by three inches in size, to carry a concealable weapon to a resident or qualified nonresident who is at least twenty-one years of age, unless the person is a member of the active or reserve military, or a member of the National Guard, and who is not prohibited by state law from possessing the weapon upon submission of:

(1) a completed application signed by the person;

(2) a photocopy of a driver's license or photographic identification card;

(3) proof of residence or if the person is a qualified nonresident, proof of ownership of real property in this State;

(4) proof of actual or corrected vision rated at 20/40 within six months of the date of application or, in the case of a person licensed to operate a motor vehicle in this State, presentation of a valid driver's license;

(5) proof of training;

(6) payment of a fifty-dollar application fee. This fee must be waived for disabled veterans and retired law enforcement officers; and

(7) a complete set of fingerprints unless, because of a medical condition verified in writing by a licensed medical doctor, a complete set of fingerprints is impossible to submit. In lieu of the submission of fingerprints, the applicant must submit the written statement from a licensed medical doctor specifying the reason or reasons why the applicant's fingerprints may not be taken. If all other qualifications are met, the Chief of SLED may waive the fingerprint requirements of this item. The statement of medical limitation must be attached to the copy of the application retained by SLED. A law enforcement agency may charge a fee not to exceed five dollars for fingerprinting an applicant."

SECTION    4.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.        \ Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

F. GREGORY DELLENEY, JR. for Committee.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 23-31-215, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMITS, SO AS TO ENACT THE "NATIONAL CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT RECIPROCITY ACT" BY REVISING THE CONDITIONS THAT ALLOW A HOLDER OF AN OUT-OF-STATE WEAPONS PERMIT TO CARRY A WEAPON IN THIS STATE.

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

SECTION    1.    This Act may be cited as the "National Concealed Weapons Permit Reciprocity Act".

SECTION    2.    Section 23-31-215(N) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 223 of 2016, is further amended to read:

"(N)(1)    Valid out-of-state permits to carry concealable weapons held by a resident of a reciprocal another state must be honored by this State, provided, that the reciprocal state requires an applicant to successfully pass a criminal background check and a course in firearm training and safety. A resident of a reciprocal another state carrying a concealable weapon in South Carolina with a valid out-of-state permit to carry a concealable weapon is subject to and must abide by the laws of South Carolina regarding concealable weapons while in South Carolina. SLED shall maintain and publish a list of those states as the states with which South Carolina has reciprocity.

(2)    Notwithstanding the reciprocity requirements of item (1), South Carolina shall automatically recognize concealed weapon permits issued by Georgia and North Carolina.

(3)    The reciprocity provisions of this section shall not be construed to authorize the holder of any out-of-state permit or license to carry, in this State, any firearm or weapon other than a handgun."

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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