GOP lawmaker threatened for not advancing SC gun bill: report

Police are reportedly watching a South Carolina Republican lawmaker’s home after he was threatened for not advancing a bill through the State House that would allow residents to carry handguns without a permit.

The Post and Courier reports that the response stemmed from a Facebook comment referring to state Rep. Peter McCoy (R) that read: “Totally sucks that one guy has that much control. Maybe we should shoot him?”

The comment was left on a post from Freedom Action Network of South Carolina, which called McCoy the “#1 enemy of restoring our gun rights,” according to the Charleston, S.C., newspaper. 


McCoy, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and eight-year veteran of the legislature, said he warned his staff of the threat and increased security at his private law firm.

“Things that are said like that, you have to take seriously,” McCoy told The Post and Courier. “I don’t know whether this guy’s statement will spark action by someone else. I don’t know whether he really means it.”

Freedom Action Network of South Carolina, which wrote the original Facebook post, has deleted the threatening comment.

“Under no circumstance do we advocate even the hint of a threat of violence,” the group told the newspaper in a statement. “We disagree with Peter on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, but in no way do we wish him or his family any harm of any kind. 

McCoy, a father of three, was also the subject of several other angry messages posted on the group’s Facebook page.

“People think they can say anything behind a keyboard and it won’t have consequences,” McCoy said. “I’m sorry, but I take every comment very seriously today.”

Earlier this month, the Republican House Speaker in Texas moved to drop a "constitutional carry" bill after a gun rights activist showed up at his home.