Respect for the Institution
South Carolina's legislature will be debating a bill that would allow lawmakers to carry concealed weapons on capitol property. The State reports: The bill's sponsor ...
South Carolina's legislature will be debating a bill that would allow lawmakers to carry concealed weapons on capitol property. The State reports:
The bill's sponsor Rep. Keith Kelly, R-Spartanburg, filed the bill late in the session last year after he learned 12 other categories of public servants -- but not lawmakers -- are allowed to carry firearms into public buildings while doing business. Those public servants are Supreme Court justices and other judges, along with solicitors and workers' compensation commissioners.
"I looked at that statute and wondered why members of the General Assembly can't carry by virtue of holding office," Kelly said. "I'm just saying add the 170 members. If the good people have put you in this position, then you ought to be able to carry."
Despite speculation that this could signal the return of duels -- and fears of escalating violence occasioned by the memory of a fairly recent incident involving a representative grabbing a colleague by his tie, ripping his shirt and then accidentally hitting another legislator who was trying to break them up -- Kelly says that lawmakers would not be likely to bring their guns into the chamber itself.
"I don't think for a minute that (lawmakers) would bring them into a chamber," Kelly told The State. "I think we have more respect for the institution than that."
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
New Maps Could Predict Where Flooding Will Hit Worst3 hours ago
Lawmakers Unite Against Governor to Give Chicago Some Pension Relief2 hours ago
Ohio Takes Over Struggling Health Insurer1 hour ago
Iowa Supreme Court Bans Life Without Parole for Teen Murderers1 hour ago
Alabama Has Change of Heart About Same-Sex Adoptions40 minutes ago
In Weighty Water Ruling, Texas' High Court Backs Landowner19 minutes ago