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H 3115 - Prohibits municipalities from regulating knives and guns

Tracking Level: Of Interest
Sponsor: Michael Pitts
Last Action: 3/31/2015 - Senate - Referred to Committee on Judiciary
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03.17.2015 The House Judiciary Committee gave this bill a favorable report.
03.05.2015 The House Judiciary General and Family Laws subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report with an amendment. The amendment clarifies that local governments may enforce state or federal laws that regulate knives and firearms. The amendment also clarifies that local governments may regulate the careless or negligent discharge or public brandishment of knives and firearms.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Prohibits municipalities from enacting, enforcing or promulgating any regulation or ordinance that regulates or attempts to regulate the transfer, ownership, possession, carrying or transportation of knives, guns or ammunition.

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H 3115 General Bill, By Pitts, Hixon and Thayer
Summary: Firearms and ammunition
    A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 23-31-510, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF THE OWNERSHIP, TRANSFER, OR POSSESSION OF FIREARMS OR AMMUNITION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT NO GOVERNING BODY OF ANY COUNTY, MUNICIPALITY, OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION IN THE STATE MAY ENACT, ENFORCE, OR PROMULGATE ANY REGULATION OR ORDINANCE THAT REGULATES OR ATTEMPTS TO REGULATE THE TRANSFER, OWNERSHIP, POSSESSION, CARRYING, OR TRANSPORTATION OF KNIVES, FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, COMPONENTS OF FIREARMS, OR ANY COMBINATION OF THESE THINGS.
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12/11/14House Prefiled
12/11/14House Referred to Committee on Judiciary
01/13/15House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 101)
01/13/15House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 101)
01/21/15House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Thayer
03/18/15House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary (House Journal-page 35)
03/19/15House Requests for debate-Rep(s). Delleney, Whipper, Brannon, Allison, Anderson, Corley, Mack, Hicks, Forrester, RL Brown, Nanney, Henderson, McCoy, Huggins, Quinn, Pope, Stavrinakis, GR Smith, Willis, Bedingfield, Stringer, VS Moss, Yow, Rivers, White, Hill, HA Crawford, Clary, McEachern, Pitts, Johnson (House Journal-page 22)
03/25/15House Amended (House Journal-page 40)
03/25/15House Read second time (House Journal-page 40)
03/25/15House Roll call Yeas-88 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 42)
03/26/15House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 49)
03/31/15Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 7)
03/31/15Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 4)



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