Many people are now saying that South Carolina representative Ralph Norman committed a felony when ‘brandishing his firearm’ to a group of anti-gun activists.
The incident took place yesterday morning, while Congressman Norman was holding a community event in the heart of Rock Hill;
Please join me at the Rock Hill Diner this Friday morning at 8 a.m. for “Coffee With Your Congressman”!
Looking forward to seeing you there. pic.twitter.com/3dnaTTde1G
— Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) April 4, 2018
Yesterday evening, the congressman responded to the incident by posting the following statement to his Facebook page;
His statement read in part; “Given the scenario that if someone had walked into that diner and began to fire a weapon, I told them I would be able to defend myself as well as them.”
The majority of comments left under his statement were overwhelmingly negative, even from his supporters;
South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to revoke the Congressman’s gun permit after the incident, citing a current standing SC statute about brandishing firearms.
@TravRobertson: “As any truly responsible gun owner knows, you cannot brandish your weapon without an imminent threat. This is a felony offense and punishable by up to five years in prison. I will be sending an official request to SLED to investigate @RepRalphNorman‘s actions.” pic.twitter.com/Qr17swSZvZ
— SC Democratic Party (@scdp) April 7, 2018
“As any truly responsible gun owner knows and as the statute says, if you have a concealed carry permit, you cannot brandish your weapon without an imminent threat. It’s dangerous and it’s illegal,” commented Robertson, who referred to a statute in the South Carolina code of laws on offenses involving weapons.
SECTION 16-23-410. Pointing firearm at another person.
It is unlawful for a person to present or point at another person a loaded or unloaded firearm.
A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined in the discretion of the court or imprisoned not more than five years. This section must not be construed to abridge the right of self-defense or to apply to theatricals or like performances.
What are your thoughts on the incident?