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Sponsors: Reps. Yow, Burns, Chumley, Wooten, McGarry, Haddon, Pope, Hixon, Oremus, Blackwell, Forrest, D.C. Moss and Bryant
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 297, 3170
Introduced in the House on January 12, 2021
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Law enforcement officers, retired ID issuance
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/9/2020 House Prefiled 12/9/2020 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/12/2021 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 55) 1/12/2021 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 55) 4/27/2021 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Hixon, Oremus, Blackwell, Forrest, D.C.Moss, Bryant
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND SECTION 23-31-600, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF IDENTIFICATION CARDS TO QUALIFIED RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH A QUALIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER MAY CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON, AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINING TO QUALIFY TO CARRY A FIREARM THAT MUST BE OFFERED TO A QUALIFIED RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT RESTRICTS THE CARRYING OF A CONCEALED WEAPON ONTO CERTAIN PREMISES, AND TO PROVIDE AT NO CHARGE, THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION SHALL ISSUE CONCEALED WEAPON PERMITS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES TO CERTAIN HOLDERS OF QUALIFIED RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER CREDENTIALS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 23-31-600 of the 1976 Code, is amended to read:
"Section 23-31-600. (A) For purposes of this section:
(1) 'Identification card' is a photographic identification card complying with 18 U.S.C. Section 926C.
(2) 'Qualified retired law enforcement officer' shall have the same meaning as in 18 U.S.C. Section 926C.
(B) An agency or department within this State may comply with 18 U.S.C. Section 926C, by issuing an identification card to any qualified retired law enforcement officer. If the agency or department currently issues credentials to active law enforcement officers, the agency or department may comply with the requirements of this section by issuing the same credentials to qualified retired law enforcement officers. If the same credentials are issued, then the agency or department must stamp the credentials with the word 'RETIRED'.
Subject to the limitations of subsection (E), A qualified retired law enforcement officer may carry a concealed weapon in this State if the qualified retired law enforcement officer possesses an identification card along with a certification that the qualified retired law enforcement officer has, not less recently than one year before the date the individual is carrying the firearm, has met the standards established by the agency for training and qualification for active law enforcement officers to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm.
(2) The firearms certification required by this subsection may be reflected on the identification card or may be in a separate document carried with the identification card.
The restrictions contained in Sections 23-31-220 and 23-31-225 are applicable to a person carrying a concealed weapon pursuant to this section.
(E) The agency or department must provide the qualified retired law enforcement officer with the opportunity to qualify to carry a firearm under the same standards for training and qualification for active law enforcement officers to carry firearms. However, the agency or department, as provided in 18 U.S.C. Section 926C, may require the qualified retired law enforcement officer to pay the actual expenses of the training and qualification.
(E) At no charge, the State Law Enforcement Division shall issue concealed weapon permits to holders of qualified retired law enforcement officer credentials who:
(1) are allowed to carry a concealed weapon pursuant to subsection (C); and
(2) do not possess a valid South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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