South Carolina Republicans Issue Bill Calling For Secession Over Gun Rights

South Carolina State Capitol Columbia (SC) 2012.Ron Cogswell/CC BY 2.0/Flickr

The bill would allow lawmakers to consider secession if the federal government eventually comes for legally owned guns.

Three state lawmakers in South Carolina are worried that growing support for gun control legislation in the U.S. could lead to law-abiding citizens having their legally purchased firearms confiscated by the federal government -- and they’re already doing something about it.

According to CBS News, three state House Republicans introduced legislation that would initiate debate on secession from the United States should the federal government take South Carolinians’ guns at some point in the future.

The bill provides 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 sponsored by Reps. Mike Pitts, Jonathon Hill and Ashley Trantham has no real chance this session. The deadline for bills to move from one chamber to the other is April 10.