A group of Republican legislators in South Carolina have submitted a bill requiring that body to consider secession if the federal government seizes guns from citizens of that state that were legally purchased there (which is about as likely as me winning the lottery).
The bill, which was referred to the state House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, would allow South Carolina lawmakers to debate whether to secede from the United States if the federal government were to violate the Second Amendment.It states that “the general assembly shall convene to consider whether to secede from the United States based upon the federal government’s unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution if the federal government confiscates legally purchased firearms in this state.”
The measure, introduced by GOP Reps. Mike Pitts, Jonathon Hill and Ashley Trantham, comes amid an intense debate over the nation’s gun laws that was reignited in February after a deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.
Because, ya know, secession worked out so well the first time they tried it. South Carolina was, of course, the first state to secede over slavery. About 13,000 people from that state were killed in the Civil War. But hey, they did get some really cool statues to commemorate “southern heritage and culture.” So they have that going for them. Which is nice.