South Carolina Legislative Update
Republicans in the state legislature have been aggressively pushing to expand access to guns in South Carolina. The most notable bill is the “Constitutional Carry Act”, which would allow gun-owners to carry concealed firearms in public without a permit. The bill would prohibit private citizens from carrying concealed firearms onto certain types of properties like courthouses, schools and religious spaces. However, the bill would also lower the age allowed for concealed weapons down to 18 and eliminate the requirement for gun-owners to complete 8 hours of safety training.
The bill (H 3594) recently passed the SC House with the support of Charleston Republican representatives including Kathy Landing, Tom Hartnett, Joe Bustos, Gary Brewer and Matt Leber. The bill is now being debated by the SC Senate.
Other Republican Bills Offered by Republicans:
- House Bill H 3393 would require government and financial institutions to conduct business with gun manufacturers, retailers, and gun associations. It is sponsored by Charleston Republican Matt Leber, among other Republicans.
- Senate Bill S 0247 would allow teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons onto schools.
Gun Control Bills Offered by Democrats:
- House Bill 3013 would prohibit assault weapons. It is being co-sponsored by Charleston-area Democrats Wendell Gilliard and Marvin Pendarvis, among others.
- House Bill 3055 would require restraining orders and other acts of intimidation or harassment to be reported to SLED in order to prevent the sale of a gun to an unqualified person. It is sponsored by Charleston-area Democrat Leon Stavrinakis, among others.
- Senate Bill 0224 would require gun-owners to buy insurance against the event of a mishap or tragedy with their gun.
|Charleston County Democratic Women — March Meeting|
NEW LOCATION! Join us at 6:00 PM at Frothy Beard Brewing for a meal, a beverage, and some social time!
At 6:30 our guest speaker, Stewart Weinberg, will lead a discussion about how to become more involved with the Democratic Party, including what is involved in being a leader in your precinct and being a delegate at the county and state conventions.
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|James Island/Folly Beach Annual Oyster Roast|
Join the fun at our annual event — in addition to Bowen’s wonderful oysters there will be varieties of chili, hot dogs, fried fish and red rice.
Beer, wine and water will be available for purchase at the event.
Save $5 by using this link to buy tickets in advance versus purchasing on the day of the oyster roast.
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|Charleston County Convention|
The Charleston County Democratic Party will hold an in-person county convention on Saturday, March 25, at 12 p.m. at the Charleston County Downtown Library. The meeting will be held at the Charleston County Downtown Library Auditorium.
This county convention is specifically for the election of our next chair and vice chairs. Per our bylaws only delegates are permitted to vote on these positions. Eligible voting delegates will also receive a notice with these details by mail.
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|Coffee with Democrats|
Join fellow Democrats for a cup of coffee and great conversation on Thursdays.at Wildflour Pastry from 8:30-10 AM. No specific topics. Come for the whole time or just a little while.
Donate to the CCDP Blessing Box
The Charleston County Democratic Party needs a hand with some of our efforts to help the local community, including the Blessing Box in front of the CCDP Office in West Ashley. Our Blessing Box serves a clientele with few to no facilities for cooking. If you would like to help stock the Blessing Box, you can leave items in the Box at any time or drop off items at the Office (open Wednesdays 11-1 or by appointment).
When donating items for the Blessing Box:
- DO donate non-perishable items that will hold up in the weather.
- canned vegetables and meats/fish, sauces in jars, boxes of rice or pasta are all good to donate.
- to make it easier for others to use the Blessing Box: donate items that don’t require milk/butter/oil to prepare, and get cans with pop-tops that don’t require can openers.
- DO donate small personal care items that will fit in the blessing box.
- examples include toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant.
- DO NOT donate any open or expired items.
Thank you! Everything contributed to the Blessing Box makes a great difference for our community.
Lowcountry Period Project Supplies Needed!
Additionally, did you know that our volunteers build period packs in support of the Homeless Period Project? The project provides pre-made kits for homeless shelters and nurse’s offices at Title IX schools in the Lowcountry. These items are a luxury to homeless women and girls, and many are forced to choose between hygiene and food. Please consider donating the following items so that we can continue to support this amazing project!
- individually-wrapped feminine pads
- individually-wrapped tampons
- individually-wrapped wipes
- individually-wrapped panty liners
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a drop off time, or come attend a County meeting at the Office to see for yourself.
Thanks again for your generosity!
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