Gun Laws & Legislation

SC bill would exempt state militia from federal gun rules

Obama signed 23 executive actions Wednesday, strengthening federal background checks and resuming funding for federal research on gun violence. He also pushed Congress to ban so-called “assault weapons” and high-capacity ammunition clips.

“The unorganized militia may not fall under any law or regulation or jurisdiction of any person or entity outside of South Carolina,” the legislation reads.

Corbin explained that the one-page bill is meant to protect the state citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

“The premise is that that is our state standing army, and the federal government has no jurisdiction to tell our militia what sort of weapons we can possess,” he told The Daily Caller.

Current state law bans automatic machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and sawed-off rifles.

“Obviously you can’t have automatic weapons,” Corbin said. “I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘Hey, as citizens we need to be able to possess the same firepower that the military has.’ You’ll never get that passed in a bill.”

“And do we really want people having flame-throwers and shoulder-launched grenades and things like that?” he continued. “It simply protects what we have now from confiscation or regulation by law or executive order by any body or entity outside the state of South Carolina.”

Corbin said that it takes a skilled shooter “less than 10 seconds” to change an AR-15 clip, and that limiting the number of rounds in a clip would be an ineffective solution.

“What we want is to stop bad people from doing bad things, and gun control just doesn’t do that,” he said. “It just doesn’t work, and it infringes on our citizens’ rights, and it’s not the right way to go about solving the horrible problem.”

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