South Carolina law prohibits local governments from passing their own gun control measures, but that hasn’t stopped city council members and the anti-gun mayor of the state capitol of Columbia from attempting to impose their own gun laws on residents. Last year, Democrats in control of local government approved several local ordinances dealing with firearms, including a local “red flag” firearms seizure law and a measure that declares any “structure, device, or location” used to manufacture or store so-called “ghost guns” to be a public nuisance, and now South Carolina’s attorney general is asking a court to declare the local laws invalid.
In a filing in Richland County Common Pleas Court earlier this week, AG Alan Wilson argues that all of the measures run afoul of South Carolina’s firearms preemption statute and should be struck down. From the Post and Courier:
Wilson has continued to argue that, with few exceptions, state law — not city or county regulations — takes precedence in regard to firearm regulations in South Carolina.
The motion also cites a section of law that says that cities and counties in the Palmetto State do not have “the power to confiscate a firearm or ammunition unless incident to an arrest.”