South Carolina’s Unorganized Militia – An Upgrade Proposed

Faye Higbee
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Our Second and First Amendments (and several others) sit on the edge of destruction. At no time in the history of our Republic has the onslaught managed to get this close to total annihilation of the rights of Americans. States with strong legal foundations are holding the line…for how long we don’t know. South Carolina is one such state: they have an “unorganized militia” clause. And a group of GOP legislators want to make it stronger.

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Thousands of South Carolinians are in a militia, they just may not know it yet.

South Carolina law lays out that able-bodied U.S. Citizen South Carolina residents over the age of 17 are part of the state’s “unorganized militia”.

In the event of an invasion, rebellion, or other insurrection, South Carolina’s governor can call everyday citizens into the armed service.

Title 25 of the state codes reads in part:

“…if the Governor shall have ordered into active service all of the available forces of the National Guard of South Carolina and shall consider them insufficient in numbers to properly accomplish the purpose, he may then in addition order out the unorganized militia or such portion thereof as he may deem necessary and cause them to perform such military duty as the circumstances may require.”

A group of Republican State Senators is attempting to use the presence of the unorganized militia in state law to strengthen gun rights within the state.

Sen. Tom Corbin (R-Greenville) filed S. 614 which would enumerate the weapons the unorganized militia have the right to carry:”…an unorganized militia member, at his own expense, shall have the right to possess and keep all arms that could be legally acquired or possessed by a South Carolina citizen as of December 31, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to, shouldered rifles and shotguns, handguns, clips, magazines, all components, and all ammunition fitted for such weapons;”


Section 25-1-60 of the South Carolina code includes all able-bodied residents over the age of 17. Senator Corbin and a few other Republican Senators want to make certain that South Carolina residents who fall in that category are allowed to legally keep and bear arms. People in the “unorganized militia” may “resign at any time and resume their civilian status.” Whether or not S 614 will pass is another story- as of March 24, the Family and Veterans Services Committee passed it with a vote of “favorable.” How the full legislature will view it is anyone’s guess. Ordinary 2nd amendment sanctuary resolutions and laws may not hold weight against the Federal Government’s preeminence. This one could.

Let’s be clear – the US is in a precarious position at this point in our history. We have numerous foreign enemies, and a Democrat controlled government that is bent on attacking and “cancelling” our own citizens based on their political views. They have released thousands upon thousands of illegal aliens inside our borders, some of whom are carrying disease. The original intent of the Second Amendment was that ALL citizens were part of the “militia” to be called upon when needed. Hopefully, South Carolina’s approach will catch on.


Featured photo: screenshot via Chris Joseph at Live5News

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