SENATOR LEE BRIGHT

SENATOR, SPARTANBURG AND GREENVILLE COUNTIES SENATORIAL DISTRICT 12

COMMITTEES: BANKING AND INSURANCE GENERAL JUDICIARY LABOR, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY MEDICAL AFFAIRS

COLUMBIA OFFICE: 602 GRESSETTE SENATE BLDG. POST OFFICE BOX 142 COLUMBIA, SC 29202 TEL: (803) 212-6008 FAX: (803) 212-6299 EMAIL: LEEBRIGHT@SCSENATE.GOV

HOME ADDRESS: POST OFFICE BOX 1079 ROEBUCK, SC 29376

April 22, 2013

Dear Constituents: I want to give you an urgent update on our efforts to pass Constitutional Carry legislation (SB.115) in South Carolina. We've come a long way in the effort to protect our Second Amendment rights in South Carolina, but the fight has just begun. The S.C. Senate is currently debating a bill that would allow concealed carry in restaurants that serve alcohol (SB.308). It is likely that this bill will pass, but Constitutional Carry will not even be debated on the Senate floor. It won't happen unless we take drastic action. I'm preparing to introduce the Constitutional Carry bill as an amendment to SB.308. Some of you might wonder why we'd pursue this strategy after fighting so hard on Constitutional Carry as a stand-alone bill. Here's why: First, it's our only opportunity to get an up or down vote. Our state senators would have to go on record voting for or against Constitutional Carry–something many of them desperately want to avoid. Second, because of senate rules that allow a single senator to block any bill, the only way Constitutional Carry will be debated on the floor is by attaching it to another bill. But let's remember how politics works in Columbia. Your senators want to get a pro-gun vote on their records during the current term so that they can “check the 2nd Amendment box” on their list of issues for the next election. Passing SB.308 will mean that they've demonstrated some pro-gun support. They won't want to discuss any further pro-gun legislation until the next term; therefore, they can let Constitutional Carry die on the senate calendar. The opponents of Constitutional Carry claim that this amendment will kill SB.308, but in reality the worst thing that could happen is that some Senators would have to publicly admit that they don't fully support your 2nd Amendment rights. Some Republican Senators in Columbia are already discussing a compromise on SB.308 that would limit concealed carry in restaurants to

those that close by a certain time–even though 46 other states allow concealed carry in restaurants! Now is the time to call your state senators and demand that they support Constitutional Carry as an amendment to SB.308. This is our best chance to get this much-needed reform passed in our great state. You shouldn't need to beg the government for a permit to exercise your inalienable rights. You can find your senator's contact information at: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php Sincerely,

Senator Lee Bright Spartanburg and Greenville County

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