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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
The full text of the lawsuit can be read below…
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