Fearful of federal 'gun grabs,' lawmakers seek to use SC militia law

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Republican South Carolina senator worried about future federal “gun grabs” got backing from a Senate panel this week on his proposal that lists what types of weapons members of the state’s “unorganized militia” can have. The Senate’s Family and Veterans Services Committee voted 8-6 Wednesday to send S. 614 to the floor over concerns from mostly Democratic lawmakers who questioned whether the legislation is constitutional. In state law, South Carolina’s “unorganized militia” was founded in the event that more forces than the National Guard had available were needed to respond…

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