(National Sentinel) Repeat: A group of Republican state lawmakers in South Carolina has quietly introduced a bill that allows legislators to debate seceding from the United States “if the federal government confiscates legally purchased firearms in this State.”

As reported by The Washington Times, Rep. Mike Pitts, the chief sponsor of the measure, said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press that his measure has no chance to pass this year. However, he vowed to continue raising the issue because he says it’s a matter of defending the Bill of rights.

“Without a Bill of Rights, our nation is not what it is,” Pitts said. “I see a lot of stuff where people even talk about totally repealing the Second Amendment, which separates us from the entire rest of the world.”

An ardent backer of gun rights, Pitts said he has been considering his proposal for some time and felt that now was the right moment to introduce it, given all the recent anti-gun protests and calls for banning guns entirely.

He added that he was not spurred to act following an op-ed recently by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who wrote that a repeal of the Second Amendment “would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.”

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South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union prior to the Civil War.

In December 1860, the state made its decision based on “increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the Institution of Slavery.”

Pitts, a law-enforcement and U.S. Army veteran, said he is not promoting secession, but rather a proposal to make it possible if actions warrant.

The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Jonathon Hill and Ashley Trantham. While it has no real chance this session, although Pitts said he would be sure to re-introduce it for debate next year, the Times reported.

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