Ohio's went up about $20 a little while ago too.
This is a discussion on SC CWP Increase within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Yes, worth it. But it really BITES that you have to get a permit and pay to exercise your 2A rights. +1 to what Brady ...
+1 to what Brady said.Yes, worth it. But it really BITES that you have to get a permit and pay to exercise your 2A rights.
Ohio's went up about $20 a little while ago too.
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I commented in another thread that I find it very telling that the legislature, when they wrote the bill, indicated it did not want the finger printing to cost more than $5 and yet by not accepting anything other than this it will. Now how does that jive with the intent of the law and what authority does SLED have to ignore that portion and the intent and tone of that section? I wonder if it is within their authority to do this? I am for asking some legislators myself what they think of it. I know the reason is to assure themselves of the legitimacy but...it may be a step outside the boundary of the law itself to do this in my humble opinion. I see no legislative change in the law that allows this. I would think SLED would have to get legislative change to do it.
It stinks, in my book and every citizen wether he has a permit or not, should be screaming to the legislators about their flonting of the law.
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I know they also dropped sending in a picture, which is still in the law, but no one really minds a dropping for a requirement. An additional and even more inconvenient and expensive one... is not going to be simply ignored I would think. It gets really dangerous when the agencies you enact to enforce the law start thinking they can also write the law. A dangerous precedent setting act to ignore no matter how small some may think it is.
This is getting a bit much IMHO. They already have my finger prints and a photo for what they can do numerous things with. I think that they are trying to update the system on our dime.
I know... but it still is in the original and current law for you to send it. Thats the point. No one changed the law... see where I am going with that? We sent them in and they didn't need them nor use them. Fine... but the law remains differently written. But ignoring that part creates no hardship on the applicant.
Just like it is still the current law for "law enforcement agencies may not charge more than $5 for this service (finger prints for CWP applications).... It says nothing about them being able to force you to go to an outside service and go through that process in the actual law.
Thats the point. We don't mind the dropping of a requirement but we sure do mind the adding of one. That should be a legal change debated and passed by our representatives and made into law. Not someone sitting at SLED making his own laws for his own pleasure and convenience. The change presents a hardship for some. Not the cost but the location of the offices and the time and effort to go there. Many, if not most, got their finger prints right there in their class of in their home town. And the law, as it still is written, still says to do that. What SLED has put out is NOT law. And the law clearly indicates that the legislators wanted it to be no more than $5 and readily obtainable because they went so far as to exactly write that into the law.
The law (that section in discussion here) still reads like this... even today...
SECTION 23-31-215. Issuance of permits.
(A) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, except subject to subsection (B) of this section, SLED must issue a permit, which is no larger than three and one half inches by three inches in size, to carry a concealable weapon to a resident or qualified nonresident who is at least twenty one years of age and who is not prohibited by state law from possessing the weapon upon submission of:
(1) a completed application signed by the person;
(2) one current full face color photograph of the person, not smaller than one inch by one inch nor larger than three inches by five inches;
(3) proof of residence or if the person is a qualified nonresident, proof of ownership of real property in this State;
(4) proof of actual or corrected vision rated at 20/40 within six months of the date of application or, in the case of a person licensed to operate a motor vehicle in this State, presentation of a valid driver’s license;
(5) proof of training;
(6) payment of a fifty dollar application fee. This fee must be waived for disabled veterans and retired law enforcement officers; and
(7) a complete set of fingerprints unless, because of a medical condition verified in writing by a licensed medical doctor, a complete set of fingerprints is impossible to submit. In lieu of the submission of fingerprints, the applicant must submit the written statement from a licensed medical doctor specifying the reason or reasons why the applicant’s fingerprints may not be taken. If all other qualifications are met, the Chief of SLED may waive the fingerprint requirements of this item. The statement of medical limitation must be attached to the copy of the application retained by SLED. A law enforcement agency may charge a fee not to exceed five dollars for fingerprinting an applicant.
According to Grassroots Gun Rights SC, the governor's office may be able to change this with a directive, so it's worth a phone call or e-mail to the governor's office to voice your opposition. I've already sent mine.
Got this from the Grassroots forum...
This message from Jessica Cross, Outreach Advisor for Governor Sanford, was in response to an email from a Grassroots member expressing his dismay at the recently proposed changes...
Per our conversation earlier...
Thank you for getting the word out. The change in policy isn't
something that we proposed or approved ahead of SLED's proposal. Weshare those same concerns of privacy and additional fees and have been in touch with SLED. The "Easy Path" isn't something they will be pursuing. Please help notify any interested parties that the state will not be going ahead with the program.
Thanks for your concern and for acting quickly.
Take care. Keep in touch.
Office of Gov. Mark Sanford
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If you all will check the other post, it appears that the new SLED rules are being put on "HOLD". Just thought I'd point that out.
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That's still only about $15 a year...
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This from a newsletter a local gunstore puts out:
From: "Allen Arms Indoor Range" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thursday, July 8, 2010 12:19 PM
I just talked with Bill Rentiers of GrassRoots SC, and they have been successful in getting Gov. Sanford to cancel the onerous "EasyPath" application/fingerprint program SCLED had devised, which would require all CWP applicants AND renewals to go to one of only THIRTEEN stations in the state for fingerprinting and to complete applications, by appointment only. Previously, renewals were done on line, without fingerprinting, and we could finger print students in-house. SCLED claims 21% of finger print cards were not readable. We have had 1 returned out of some 4,000 submitted. Of course, we used trained and certified technicians.
We have both the governor and GrassRootsSC to thank for this attack of common sense and consideration. This is only one example of the fine work performed by GrassRoots. I didn't even have time to send an e-mail asking you to call the governor's office before they got it done!They were the driving force behind our CWP program. It wouldn't have happened without them. They have led the push for every improvement in the law. They pressure businesses to recognize permits. They are the real gun lobby in this state, not the NRA. And they are volunteers. I STRONGLY advise you to join and support them. I have belonged for many years before I went into business, generally sending them several times the very minimal dues they ask for. If you want to see gun rights, especially CWP rights, kept and improved in SC, JOIN. Their web site is below. And thank them for getting "EasyPath" stopped.
BTW- I use quotes because "EasyPath" made it easy for SCLED, not you!
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