The Right to Bear Arms

The South Carolina Republican Party supports the 200+ year – old Constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms. The Founding Fathers of our nation believed that the citizens of this nation had a right and a responsibility to the continued protection of themselves, their families, their property, and ultimately the freedom of their state and nation. The right to keep and bear arms is essential to our protection from both tyranny and foreign aggression. In securing the future safety of our nation, the Constitution’s creators included the necessary provision that the militias of the States be similarly armed for their protection. This right includes the responsibility of individuals to protect and defend themselves and the state or nation if needed.

South Carolina Republicans support this right. Based on the indefensible increase in violent crime coupled with liberalism’s attempt to run our lives from Washington, we understand that the Second Amendment’s provisions are more important today than ever before in our nation’s history. We support the right to keep and bear arms, to defend ourselves, our families and our property from those who would attempt harm, and, towards that end, we support the relaxing of current state law regarding concealed weapons to allow for increased carrying ability. We support the right to arm ourselves to defend our state and nation in times of need and to augment the forces of the United States and the State of South Carolina as the militia that served our nation in the past. We ultimately support the belief of our Founding Fathers that individual responsibility held by the people of the states and the nation was the best form of protection of the rights in our Constitution.

We applaud the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller that held that the 2nd Amendment is an individual right.