South Carolina Senate Committee Kills Constitutional Carry

South Carolina’s up-and-coming governor, Nikki Haley has let it be known that she’s in favor of constitutional carry (the ability to exercise Second Amendment rights without first obtaining government permission). But the Palmetto State Senate Judiciary Committee isn’t quite so enthusiastic. The committee’s chairman, Larry Martin, is credited with killing the bill. As reports, he’s really not a fan of open carry: “You can carry a weapon openly if this bill is adopted and I’m offended by that,” said committee chair Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens).” . . .

The Palmetto State is one of only six that ban the open carry of holstered handguns. That seems likely to be reduced to five in the near future. Both of the likely candidates for governor in Texas have said that they are in favor of restoring legal open carry.

Governor Haley signed a gun law reform bill just a few days ago. Perhaps the committee members want to digest the current reforms before taking a bigger bite toward restoring second amendment rights in South Carolina.

Senator Lee Bright, the primary sponsor of the deceased bill, is expected to be endorsed by several Tea Party groups in his primary bid for the U.S. Senate, challenging current Senator Lindsey Graham. And he’s not shy about his efforts on behalf of the state’s gun owners:

“Many thanks to Rachel Maddow and MSNBC for [inadvertently] spreading the word about my Constitutional Carry bill! I’m proud to have the terrific support of Governor Haley in this effort.”

Bright, who raffled off an AR-15 rifle as part of his campaign, wasn’t happy about his bill’s fate.

“This is the right to self defense,” Bright said. “We sit up here in this ivory tower here in the South Carolina Senate and decide who and who can not defend themselves.”

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  1. avatar Vhyrus says:

    This is my surprised face.

    This had overwhelming support last year when I lived there and they still killed it. The government is no longer the will of the people.

  2. avatar BWG81 says:


    1. avatar Rad Man says:

      Yup, gettin’ a little sick of the “O” word myself. As if being offended necessarily gives you certain rights to diminish the rights of others.

    2. avatar JasonM says:

      The “caps lock” key is on the left side just below the “tab” key. Why don’t you give it a tap?

      1. avatar William Burke says:

        Maybe he ran out of lower-case letters.

      2. avatar SWAMP DADDY says:


        1. avatar Nigil says:

          Ban ALL CAPS. Do it for the children (of letters).

  3. avatar Shenandoah says:

    ”You can carry a weapon openly if this bill is adopted and I’m offended by that,” said committee chair Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens).” . . .

    It’s really not about what YOU want though, Larry; you were elected to represent what your constituents want. I wonder if he’ll conveniently change his tune right around election time and put up a pro-gun front to get himself re-elected…

    1. avatar James R says:

      And don’t forget that constitution thing. He’s supposed to do what that says too

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        Yeah, who died and made him king anyway? Does he think he’s Obummer?

  4. avatar JR says:

    “You can carry a weapon openly if this bill is adopted and I’m offended by that,” said committee chair Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens).”

    Boo hoo.

    It’s not your job to legislate your weak sensibilities, sir. It’s your job to represent your constituents and stand for their rights.

    I’m sure Pickens County is proud to have leadership of such strong backbone.

    1. avatar BR549 says:

      The pudgy bsatard.

    2. avatar Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      I hope Larry sees what happens when he f–ks a gun owner in the ass.

      1. avatar Ben says:

        Fuuuuu– Yeah! Walter’s the man.

  5. avatar Rokurota says:

    “Senator Lee Bright, the now deceased bill’s sponsor, is expected to be endorsed by several Tea Party groups in his primary bid for the U.S. Senate…”

    Has the Tea Party stooped so low as to endorse a deceased candidate?


    1. avatar Mack Bolan says:

      Yes that sentence is a bit misleading.

  6. avatar Michael B. says:

    ”You can carry a weapon openly if this bill is adopted and I’m offended by that,” said committee chair Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens).

    I’m offended by you thinking it’s fine to infringe South Carolinians’ rights just because the exercise of those rights offends you.

    In a just world you’d be run out of town on a rail and wearing feathers by the end of the day.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      If only.

  7. avatar Maineuh says:

    Offended! Wittle Warry is offended! So, that’s that, then. Jaaaaaaaaaaysus.

  8. avatar Mike Crognale says:

    RINOs exist, everywhere. Perhaps the good citizens of Pickens can have a little come to Jesus meeting with Martin.

    1. avatar Steven says:

      This guy is an idiot. Pickens is one of the deepest red parts of this state, he will get his ass handed to him if there is someone else running.

  9. avatar JSIII says:

    Time for the NRA to get together with pro gun candidates and show some of these anti gun RINO’s the door.

    1. avatar Totenglocke says:

      Won’t happen. The NRA’s political wing exists purely to elect Republicans (remember their blatant lies about Romney’s anti-gun record to try and get him elected?). That’s why I’m no longer a member of the NRA.

      1. avatar JeffR says:

        In Illinois, the NRA has backed a number of downstate Democrats. And, I don’t think Illinois is unique in that regard, it’s just that there tend to be more pro-gun Republicans. See, e.g., this:

      2. avatar William Burke says:

        Sadly, I agree. Not so sadly, now that I think about it. Get rid of the guy, please.

      3. avatar Rick says:

        Not to mention endorsing Whorehouse Harry Reid over the Republican candidate last time around, because the NRA leadership was scared spitless of the thought of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

  10. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Hopefully he and his easily offended titanium spine will be out of their collective duff real soon now.

  11. avatar Totenglocke says:

    “You can carry a weapon openly if this bill is adopted and I’m offended by that,” said committee chair Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens)”

    Good, good…. Come on, little Republicans, show your true colors and push more people to vote Libertarian.

  12. avatar Kyle says:

    That sounds borderline comical (except it isn’t): he kills the bill because it “offends” him. No talk about how it could maybe, in his mind at least or due to misconceptions, lead to people being harmed or whatnot? Nope, it’s just offensive to him.

  13. avatar Mark N. says:

    “the now deceased bill’s sponsor…”
    If he is deceased, how can he be running for the Senate?
    Oh wait…Strom Thurmond was senator from South Carolina, and I think he died years before he left office.

  14. avatar Randy Drescher says:

    What a putz, I’m offended by you larry, you can get your brady gold star now.

  15. avatar Nimda007 says:

    I am not the greatest contributor to TTAG but I do contribute occasionally and I love reading it. I am new to the gun sort of…been away for a long time but back now! I am very happy to say that I was lucky enough, thanks to TTAG, to be the winner of Senator Bright’s AR-15 drawing! The rifle shipped today and should arrive sometime next week here at my favorite gun shop, according the Senator’s campaign director!

    1. avatar Randy Drescher says:

      Put that baby to good use & open carry it past the nearest mothers against illegal mayors popcorn stand./// congrats on your win!

    2. avatar Michael B. says:


      Now you get to spend all your money on accessories!

      It’s addictive, I assure you.

    3. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      IThat’s awesome, Nimda. You beat me, and everyone else. Now, please do try to contribute what you can to Bright’s campaign. Just like in Texas, we don’t have to win the primary outright. Bright can even come in second place and that’s fine. We just need to be in the top two and keep the incumbent under 50% so as to force a run-off.

      In a run-off, the hardcore activists have the advantage because they show up while low information voters are apt to blow it off. That’s how we successfully got Sen. Cruz into the Senate in 2012’s election. Give what you can and spread the word.

      Congrats on the rifle! Welcome back to the People of the Gun fold.

      1. avatar MMinSC says:

        Yeah guys, please help support Lee Bright in his primary bid. South Carolina(and America), deserves a real clnservative fighting for our rights in the US Senate.

    4. avatar Hannibal says:

      thumbs up and welcome!

  16. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    State Senator Larry Miller is a 57 year old guy who’s butt has been planted continuously in the SC State House and Senate Since 1979. Yeah, do that math. The guy’s never had a real job in his life.

    Oh, sure, he did attend an institution called Tri-County Technical College for about a cup of coffee in 1975. With those qualifications, why shouldn’t we defer to his interpretation of Constitutional Law?

  17. avatar Chas says:

    ”You can carry a weapon openly if this bill is adopted and I’m offended by that,” said committee chair Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens).” . . .

    Hey, Larry, I’m offended by your dumbassery.

  18. avatar JohnO says:

    I wonder if Larry will offended to lose his next bid for reelection.
    Make it happen, South Carolina!

  19. avatar JoshtheViking says:

    ”You can express your [religion, opinion, political stance, etc.] openly if this bill is adopted and I’m offended by that,” said committee chair Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens).


  20. avatar fuque says:

    There is a Country in Europe protesting their president because he ignored the will of the people too..But we are much to civilized for protests.. SC will accept him as official babysitter and live with it…

  21. avatar Jim K says:

    For everyones’ information, the picture is of Lee Bright, Not Martin. I called Martin so let’s see what his response is. I live in SC and will contribute to his opponent. I did contribute to Lee Bright.

    SC has a “part time” Senate so you have to have a real job too.

    Jim K

  22. avatar Ralph says:

    I’m offended by the fact that some fat fvck with delusions of adequacy can screw with the rights of South Carolinians.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      I’m offended that one (or two or three) politicians on a committee can prevent the legislature and governor from enacting a law that a majority of the legislature and governor supports.

      What is wrong with the U.S. of A.?????

  23. avatar William Burke says:

    Backwater, proto-fascist state. They like to eat goats. I ate goat once, at some Bangladeshi friends’ house. It made me jumpy.

  24. avatar stateisevil says:

    Why do people vote for neocons? I can talk on many subjects with prospective pols. Open carry is the first thing I ask them about. Quite possibly the best litmus test for respect of freedom in general.

    Also, don’t be so quick to fall in love with the governor. It’s likely she knew the bill will go nowhere, SC is a very neoconned state. This way she looks really good, but doesn’t have to be in a position to sign the bill. This is how these kinds of people do business, day in day out.

  25. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    hell, let me throw it out: since Nikki Haley is of East Indian descent, well, Larry Martin is a RACIST for opposing her!!!!

  26. avatar Mediocrates says:

    The Republican party is doomed.

    1. avatar Rick says:

      Yes, but action by Martin takes pressure off Haley to sign/veto a constitutional carry bill hitting her desk. Perhaps he’s thrown himself on this particular grenade for her for a favor to be named later.

  27. avatar Rooster says:

    [q] ”You can carry a weapon openly if this bill is adopted and I’m offended by that,” said committee chair Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens).”[/q]

    Holy [email protected] this guy reminds me of a kid we had in the mess hall down at Hood, 8″ Arty Bn, in front of a Cooks meeting with about 45-50 cooks present he stood up and asked; [q]Why is everybody picking on me?[/q] Wow, well just blow me down lmao, the kid would have done better to hang a sign on his back saying I’m and idiot KICK ME! He did not last but a few more months and got a chap 13=failure to adapt.

    Now if we could just make sure this idiot NEVER gets to forget these word he uttered! maybe he could just go home and cry on his wife’s shoulder.

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