South Carolina Republicans have introduced a bill that would give the state capital the power to secede from the United States if the federal government violates the Second Amendment and begins seizing legally purchased guns.
The bill, which went to the state’s House Judiciary Committee Thursday, is unlikely to make it through the legislature this session, but its introduction sends a powerful message at a time when the US is seeing an intense debate about gun control.
“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 bill reads.
South Carolina was the first state to secede from the union in 1860 at the start of the Civil War.
The legislation follows after a separate bill was introduced by Republicans in the state earlier in the week that would prohibit local governments in South Carolina from enacting stricter gun control than what state law allows, and less than two months after the mass high school shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were gunned down by a man wielding an AR-15.