Contact: John Culclasure, Southeastern States Assistant Director
In December, National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Executive Council President and South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Co-Chair Representative Brian White introduced knife preemption legislation.
Preemption prevents regulation by local jurisdictions and creates uniformity across the state so knife owners are not subject to a confusing patchwork of local regulations.
Specifically, House Bill 3551 would add “knives” to the firearms preemption statute. Local governments would be prohibited from enacting any regulation or ordinance that regulates or attempts to regulate the transfer, ownership, carrying, or transportation of knives.
“This common-sense legislation would provide clarity for our state’s sportsmen and women, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Sportsmen’s Caucus to advance the bill this session,” said Representative White.
Knives are important tools for South Carolina’s 847,000 sportsmen and women that support more than 40,000 jobs across the state and contribute approximately $2.3 billion to the state's economy.
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Sportsmen and women have been on the receiving end of increased attention from the non-hunting public, criticizing the traditional “grip and grin” photos on various social media platforms. As a sportsman or sportswoman, what strategies have you utilized to address this negative feedback?Vote Here
- I don’t post “grip and grin” photos for that reason (34.48%)
- My social media is private to avoid unwanted comments (20.69%)
- I engage the individual in the comment section or in direct messages (3.45%)
- I post more “grip and grin” photos to prove a point (3.45%)
- When posting hunting or fishing photos I tell a narrative that focuses on aspects of hunting that the general public widely supports, such as the procurement of meat for family and friends (20.69%)
- I don’t engage those individuals (17.24%)