Reader T sends in a funny story about the power of the NRA, and the idiocy of legislators, in the Palmetto state:
Last February, South Carolina state representative Mike Pitts introduced H4516 into the State Legislature. The purpose of the law, according to its preamble, is “to allow nonprofit organizations to acquire (alcoholic beverage) permits for a limited duration under certain circumstances and limitations.” The specific organizations Pitt cited as needing a streamlined application process for temporary booze permits were the National Rifle Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation, two organizations of which Pitt is a proud member.[….]
[S]o anxious to do the bidding of the NRA was the state legislature that it passed H4516 without a dissenting vote. In June, Governor and Appalachian Trail enthusiast Mark Sanford signed the bill into law, apparently without reading it. I say “apparently without reading it” because the law, as it turns out, doesn’t just make it easier for the NRA to hold boozy fundraisers. It also outlaws the issuance of temporary liquor licenses to for-profit entities.[….]
Starting in January, the Department of Revenue will only grant special-event permits to serve beer and wine to nonprofit organizations and political parties. They will stop issuing permits to businesses and individuals — promoters, caterers and other event organizers, for example — who must obtain licenses every time they want to serve beer and wine in a location without a permanent beer and wine license.