I received an e-mail today from Palmetto Gun Rights detailing some disturbing developments in the House with S.308:
According to the e-mail, Rep. Mike Pitts (R – Dist. 14) has added the following amendments to S.308:
“not less than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both, at the discretion of the court and have his permit revoked for five years”.
Both amendments were voted on and added to S.308 last night (Tuesday).
I don’t have a tremendous problem with #1, but I fail to see the necessity for #2. This is a pretty harsh penalty for something that’s not an issue.
We’ve got today and tomorrow to get S.308 passed or we wait until the next session.
Please contact your representative immediately and politely request he or she support reconsideration of the Pitts’ amendments with a roll call vote and then vote for S.308 w/o amendment.
Pitts has put us between a rock and a hard place: Either we remain quiet and allow the amendments to stand and S.308 passes (maybe), or we fight the amendments, stirring up the water to the point S.308 doesn’t make it this session. No guarantees either way.
If you’d like to give Rep. Pitts your input:
Be polite and professional and all the rest.
Whoever coined the phrase “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” wasn’t kidding.
Here’s another, from Gideon J. Tucker (and made famous by Mark Twain):
“No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session”.