Feb 26th, 2018
Rep Steven Long Giving Guns to Teachers
Boiling Springs – Representative Steven Long announced Monday morning that he is hosting a drawing to give away guns to teachers and show support for pro-Second Amendment legislation in the House.
Rep Long will be giving away 3 handguns: one to a K-12 teacher, school staff member, or school administrator; one to a higher education (college/university) faculty, staff member, or administrator; and one to any freedom-loving patriot who wishes to participate in the drawing. The teachers will also be given a gift certificate to attend a class to earn their Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP). In this class they will learn about the laws surrounding the carrying of firearms and self defense, how to properly handle and fire a handgun, and they will be given a field test to ensure they can shoot accurately. All of which is required by law to obtain a CWP.
Schell Arms, an Inman-based Federal Firearms Licensed business, has agreed to help with the acquisition and transfer of the firearms, pending a successfully completed background check as required by law. The handgun will be a Smith & Wesson M&P® Shield™ 9mm.
A donation page has been set up to raise funds to cover the cost of this drawing, though no donation is required to enter. Any funds raised in excess of that required to cover the cost associated with this giveaway will be donated to South Carolina Carry, an organization that promotes pro-Second Amendment policies and firearms education.
Currently there are several bills that have been introduced to allow teachers to carry, including H3052, H4956, H4972, H3248, and H3262.
“We must do everything we can to ensure the safety of children in schools, both K-12 and our higher education institutions. Allowing teachers or school staff members to carry is the most efficient and most effective way to do this,” Rep Long said. “This is entirely voluntary. We aren’t forcing teachers who don’t feel comfortable with a gun to carry. Not every teacher will want to carry or needs to carry, but for those who are willing and able, we need to allow them this protection. I’m open to a discussion regarding the specifics of a program that allows teachers to carry, but it is undeniable that we must take action on this issue.”
“The criminals who shoot up schools are mentally defective cowards,” Long continued. “A shocking 98% of mass shootings occur in gun-free zones. The killers know that they are unlikely to encounter armed resistance and be stopped and they’re going after defenseless targets. Well, not anymore. By allowing trained adults to defend the students, we will send the message to those deranged psychotic degenerates that children are our top priority and we will protect them.”
Many elected officials have taken a similar position on arming teachers and staff including President Trump who said bonuses should be given to teachers who carry. “I think that’s a terrific idea,” Long said. “I’d love to see how we could make that happen.”
Other pro-Second Amendment legislation that Rep Long has sponsored or cosponsored includes constitutional carry and a bill to allow real estate agents and their clients to carry a firearm when showing or viewing properties.
Rep Long holds a CWP, is an avid shooter, and was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in his 2016 campaign for public office along with other pro-Second Amendment groups.
Anyone can enter the drawing by visiting www.StevenLongSC.com/Gun-Giveaway