The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has been in hot water lately thanks to lengthy delays associated with its concealed weapons permit backlog. The agency – part of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s cabinet – has also created a firestorm by refusing to let users carry their guns during the three month “processing” period for permit renewals.
Needless to say, we’ve ripped the agency for its laziness and incompetence – and for passing the consequences of its failure onto law-abiding gun owners.
Well guess what … it turns out SLED could be doing a lot more than just annoying these gun owners, it could be denying their permits in violation of state law.
From the applicable statute …
SECTION 23-31-215. Issuance of permits.
“(C) SLED shall issue a written statement to an unqualified applicant specifying its reasons for denying the application within ninety days from the date the application was received; otherwise, SLED shall issue a concealable weapon permit.”
The operative word there is “shall” in case you missed it …
Sources at the agency claim this statutory language applies only to new permit applications, not renewals. They also claim to have “ninety business days” to process the applications – which adds another several weeks to the delay period.
That strikes us as as very liberal interpretation of their legal obligation. It also strikes us as the kind of thing an ostensibly gun-loving governor like Haley wouldn’t appreciate.
Anyway, this website has consistently urged civil disobedience regarding any gun law which imposes in any way on our unqualified Second Amendment rights. SLED’s incompetence is further evidence of the wisdom of such an editorial position.