Upgrades Cause Weeks of Outages of NICs System
On 9 occasions this week the National Instant Criminal Background Check System reported outages that delayed checks for customers at licensed gun dealers.
Ordinarily, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a 99 percent rate of success [more]
California Lawmakers Passes Firearm Safety Bill
SACRAMENTO, Calif. —California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.
The Senate unanimously passed SB505 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara. It would require officers to search [more]
New Gun Safety Group for Sensible Gun Laws
For years, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has remained unchallenged in both strength and influence. Initially a hunting club, its founding members created the organization in 1871 to support hunting, marksmanship and to promote responsible [more]
FBI No Background Check for Pot Dealers
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Individuals interested in getting into the marijuana business do not go through background checks. The FBI's refusal of the checks would apparently complicate the efforts taken by the state to keep criminals [more]
South Carolina Background Check and Gun Laws
South Carolina is a "shall issue" concealed carry permit state. No permit is required to purchase rifles, shotguns, or handguns. South Carolina also has "Castle Doctrine
" legal protection of the use of deadly force against intruders into one's home, business, or car. It is unlawful to carry a firearm onto private or public school property or into any publicly owned building without express permission. Open carry is not allowed, but no permit is required to carry a loaded handgun in the console or glove compartment of a car. As of September 12, 2008, states with which South Carolina has reciprocity are: Alaska
, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
South Carolina law also now supports a "stand your ground" philosophy under the "Protection of Persons and Property Act" SECTION 16-11-440(C)
with the following language. The act was apparently ruled non-retroactive in State v. Dickey.
A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in another place where he has a right to be, including, but not limited to, his place of business, has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he reasonably believes it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or another person or to prevent the commission of a violent crime as defined in Section 16-1-60.
South Carolina also has the "Make My Day" law. Giving a person to right to become a person's "alter ego" and use deadly force to protect another person if said person has the right to use deadly force himself but not the means.