South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson warned Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin (D) that he would be subjecting taxpayers in the municipality if he didn’t repeal recent gun laws that are more restrictive than the state’s.
South Carolina has a firearm pre-emption law, which means that no city or municipality is permitted to make a law more restrictive than the state’s laws. And yet, the mayor recently enacted laws that prohibit possession within 1,000 feet of Columbia schools and that allow the confiscation of guns from people who are deemed an “extreme risk.”
“In an effort to uphold the rule of law and to ensure the protection of taxpayers, this office strongly urges that these ordinances be repealed,” Wilson said to Benjamin. “The ordinances not only undermine state law, but undercut the Second Amendment. They are an open invitation to costly litigation for which the municipal taxpayers must pay.”
A similar case recently happened in Pennsylvania when Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (D) enacted new gun restrictions following the Tree of Life synagogue shooting. Pennsylvania also has a firearm pre-emption law, and the Pittsburgh laws were challenged in court.
A judge struck down the Pittsbugh laws in October.
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