S.C. Senate panel passes bill allowing ‘unorganized militia’ to keep guns

COLUMBIA — A state Senate panel today unanimously cleared a bill that would allow South Carolinians to keep legally-acquired firearms and ammunition regardless of any gun-control steps the U.S. Congress might take.

The bill by Sen. Tom Corbin, R-Travelers Rest, provides for the firearms for the state’s “unorganized militia,” which is mentioned in a section of state law dating back to 1881 that deals with the composition of the state militia. Corbin proposes that any able-bodied citizen over 17 years old who can legally purchase a firearm be included in the unorganized militia.

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