South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson continues to take aim at a handful of gun laws passed by the City of Columbia in 2019.
The Republican Wilson has filed a motion asking a judge to invalidate the city gun ordinances in question, and deem them unenforceable. The attorney general’s office filed the motion Aug. 11 in the court of common pleas in Richland County. The most recent legal maneuver was first reported by political site FITSNews. The attorney general first sued Columbia back in January, initially hoping to have the matter argued in the state Supreme Court. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, an attorney, had planned to argue the case personally if it had gone before the state’s highest court. But the Supreme Court referred the case back to the lower courts. In April, the attorney general’s office sued in the court of common pleas, and the two sides have been firing paperwork back and forth ever since. The case in question challenges three ordinances Columbia City Council passed in 2019: one that prohibits the possession of firearms within 1,000 feet of a school; another that allows for the seizure of guns from individuals who have an extreme risk protection order against them, commonly known as a “red flag” law; and a third that added so-called “ghost guns” to the city’s nuisance laws. Ghost guns are homemade firearms that are made without a serial number. [full article]