In 1860, a battle was brewing over states’ rights. The war would lead to one of bloodiest conflicts in American history. South Carolina seceded from the Union that year and now, 158 years later, they are talking about leaving again. This time, the fight is over gun rights.
Last Thursday, three South Carolina Republicans introduced a bill that would allow the state to secede from the U.S. Under what circumstances would they consider voting to separate from the rest of the country? According to Republicans, the federal government is coming after the guns of law-abiding citizens.
Introduced by GOP State Representatives Mike Pitts, Ashley Trantham, and Jonathon Hill, the bill calls for the general assembly to consider secession if the Feds violate the Second Amendment.
“The general assembly shall convene to consider whether to secede from the United States based upon the federal government’s unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution if the federal government confiscates legally purchased firearms in this state,” the proposal reads.
Back in February, the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida reignited the debate over gun rights. Anti-gun activists, including student survivors, immediately began targeting GOP lawmakers and the National Rifle Association.
In response to calls for tighter restrictions on the sale of firearms and ammunition, several states changed the minimum age requirement to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21. The move angered gun rights advocates who see the changes as moving one step closer to full confiscation.