Americans in the south take the gun rights seriously. So seriously, apparently, that they're willing to leave the United States should those rights be trampled on. And that's exactly what Republican lawmakers in South Carolina threatened to do this week.
GOP lawmakers in The Palmetto State introduced legislation on Thursday to secede from the U.S. if the federal government begins to trample on American's Second Amendment rights.
What does the bill do?
The bill would allow the South Carolina General Assembly to 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 purchases firearms in this state."
According to The Hill, GOP Reps. Mike Pitts, Jonathon Hill and Ashley Trantham introduced the measure.
The legislation comes amid an intense debate about the Second Amendment and the place of firearms in American society. Although many of the most outspoken voices are calling for increased gun control measures, South Carolina is a state that has always held close to their Second Amendment rights and show no sign of enacting gun control measures at time soon.
What are the chances the bill passes?
According to Pitts, not good. He said thinks the bill has no chance at passage, but introduced it to bring more attention to the issue of gun control, according to the New York Daily News.
However, it will be sent to the South Carolina State Senate for consideration next Tuesday, April 10.
South Carolina has already seceded from the U.S. one time in 1860. In fact, the state was the first to secede from the United States prior to the start of the American Civil War. The state was also a founding member of the Confederate States of America.
The state was fully restored to the U.S. in 1868.