Thanks to the efforts of the NWTF and its members, House Bill 3799 passed Friday, allowing automatic reciprocity in South Carolina for residents of North Carolina and Georgia who have concealed carry permits from those states.
H. 3799 passed on a vote of 35-3 and was signed into law by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Prior to Friday, South Carolina would only become reciprocal with states that require permit holders to successfully pass a criminal background check and a course in firearm training and safety. This gave exception to residents of Georgia and North Carolina (though currently, North Carolina does require both and is already a reciprocal state). The biggest impact was on Georgia resident permit holders who travel to or through South Carolina and were barred from legally carrying in the Palmetto State.
The NWTF issued an action alert early last week, asking its members to contact Senator Lee Bright to urge him to withdraw his amendment to the legislation. Sen. Bright had been in favor of an all or nothing amendment to the legislation that would have likely resulted in the tabling of the bill. Our members flooded the senator’s office with calls and their voices were heard.
Thankfully, Sen. Bright, along with several other pro-Second Amendment right senators including Larry Martin, Shane Massey, Tom Young and Nikki Setzler, worked to have the full Senate agree to remove all amendments.
Please contact your state senator and, if he or she voted for H. 3799, thank them for their support.