‘Unconstitutional Gun Laws’ – South Carolina Attorney General Sues City of Columbia SC

by AmericasKeepersAdmin on January 31, 2020

AG Wilson is asking the South Carolina Supreme Court to strike down the gun-related ordinances in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday

The lawsuit was filed directly with the SC Supreme Court so it wouldn’t need to go through the lower courts first. The capital city’s Mayor Steve Benjamin said he would comment after he has a chance to read court document.

“We have consistently advised for almost three decades, since 1991, that state law preempts local regulation of firearms. These ordinances clearly violate the state law that prohibits local governments from passing any gun laws or ordinances that regulate the transfer, ownership, or possession of firearms.”
– South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson


“The regulation of firearms is beyond the reach of a town, city, or county. The General Assembly, through state law, has reserved for itself the ability to protect its citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Therefore, the remedy for the city is to convince the Legislature to change the law, not to disregard it. In this case, the Second Amendment is paramount and cannot be undercut.”
– AG Alan Wilson

In 2015, a previous ordinance that prohibited carrying a firearm within 250 feet of the State House grounds was struck down for encroaching on state law. That ordinance was in response to the removal of the Confederate flag from State House grounds.

The full text of the lawsuit can be read below…

SC Attorney General files l… by WIS Digital News Staff on Scribd

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