Republican state legislators in South Carolina introduced a measure that would allow the state to secede from the United States on Thursday. The measure is an attempt to protect them in the event the federal government begins to seize legally purchased firearms in the state.

Referred to the state House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, the bill would allow South Carolina lawmakers to begin a debate about whether to secede if the Second Amendment is tampered with.

From The Hill: It states that “the general assembly shall 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 purchased firearms in this state.”

The measure, introduced by GOP Reps. Mike Pitts, Jonathon Hill and Ashley Trantham, comes amid an intense debate over the nation’s gun laws that was reignited in February after a deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.Since then, anti-gun violence advocates have stepped up demands for new gun control laws, calling for prohibitions on assault-style weapons and stronger background checks for gun buyers, among other measures.

 

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