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Republican governor signs new bill allowing loaded guns to be carried in bars


The 2nd Amendment is once again being expanded and now those who enter a bar have the ability to bring with them their loaded fire arm.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has just signed into law a new bill, S.308, the Concealed Carry Reform Bill, which will allow people to carry loaded weapons into a bar as long as they have a permit to do so. The bill does not allow those carrying the weapon to consume alcohol, but the new law is expected to still generate controversy.

Bill details:

– Allows a CWP holder to carry a firearm into an establishment that serves alcohol, although that person cannot consume alcohol if carrying.

– Allows an owner to ban individuals from carrying firearms in their establishment.

– Removes proof of residency requirements and expands the range of acceptable photo identification that may be used when applying for a CWP.

– Eliminates the 8-hour training requirement for a handgun course, but maintains the topics that must be covered in that class.

– Waives training requirements for individuals that can prove they have completed military basic training or is a retired law enforcement officer that proves graduation from the CJA.

– Deletes the assumption of applicant endorsement by a local sheriff if the sheriff chooses not to comment on a CWP application.

– Simplifies the permit renewal process, eliminates fingerprint checks for renewals, and increases the renewal time to five years.

– Allows SLED to engage in electronic communication with an applicant.

The signing of the Concealed Carry Reform Bill is yet another step in the conservative attempt to team with the NRA and expand gun rights to supporters of the 2nd Amendment. The fine line between sensible gun laws and the extreme is very thin and it’s a battle that will continue to rage on as the years go by.

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Probably the best 2nd Amendment speech ever

Aaron Weiss speaks to the motion to repeal the ‘Safe’ Act at the Dutchess County Legislature NY State March 2013

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The Bill of Rights: A Transcription

The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights: A Transcription

The Preamble to The Bill of Rights

Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.”

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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State lawmakers sent a warning Monday to local officials:

PHOENIX — State lawmakers sent a warning Monday to local officials: Do anything to help the federal government enforce its guns laws in violation of the Second Amendment and find yourself out on the street.

The legislation approved on a 6-3 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee declares that all federal acts, laws, orders, rules and regulations that violate the “true meaning and intent” of the Second Amendment “are invalid and void in this state.” SB1294 also forbids the use of state personnel or resources to enforce those rules.

But the measure also says any agent or employee of the state or local government who knowingly violates the law “is deemed to have resigned any commission” the person possesses and is “forever after ineligible to hold any office of trust, honor or emolument under the laws of this state.”

Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, said that could even extend to members of a city council and local employees who do anything at all to help enforce federal laws. And the legislation says any local government that helps the feds loses all of its state aid.

Ward said that goes to the point of the law which voids any federal law that violates the true intent of the Second Amendment “as given by the founders and ratifiers of the United States Constitution.”

That raised a question from Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, as to exactly who gets to interpret the true intent of the Second Amendment.

“I believe the Constitution is as written,” she said.

“It says in the Second Amendment that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” Ward continued. “And the definition of ‘infringed’ is to act as to limit or undermine or encroach on something.”

Ward said there would be “due process” for any official accused of violating the Second Amendment, with judicial protections.

But she also told Capitol Media Services that did not mean absolute deference to state or federal courts as to what is “constitutional.” Ward said the meaning of the Second Amendment has to be “as defined by the Constitution.”

“I think every individual interprets the Constitution,” she said.

“It has been left to the judiciary at times,” Ward continued. “However, when the judiciary is wrong it’s up to state legislators to come forward with bills that potentially can nullify any kind of federal infringement on Second Amendment rights.”

Ward acknowledged that people have been debating the “true meaning and intent” of the Second Amendment for years, as has the U.S. Supreme Court

“It’s been misinterpreted many times by the court,” she said.

“That’s why the state legislators have to stand up and have to take on unconstitutional ‘laws,” Ward continued. “Because whenever laws are passed that are unconstitutional, they aren’t actually laws.”

And Ward said if the courts refuse to see it that way, “if the state legislatures need to step in, they will and they should.”

The measure now goes to the Rules Committee for review of its constitutionality.