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SC: Bill would prevent registered sex offenders from owning locksmith businesses

 A bill that would require locksmiths to undergo background checks before entering your home or car is now closer to becoming law.

The bill was passed unanimously in the South Carolina State House of Representatives and is now making its way through the state Senate. The bill was drafted after a North Myrtle Beach sexual molestation case involving a locksmith. Full Article

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  1. American Detained in America

    Note, the crime for which he was accused had nothing to do with him being a locksmith, yet another ridiculous attempt to demonize us further with no evidence to back it up. Next, someone is going to get the genius idea that because many registered citizens have cars that “might” be used to commit a sex crime someday, drivers licenses should not be issued to registered citizens.

    • AJ

      Great, now you’ve given them their next bright idea…

    • Michael

      “Note, the crime for which he was accused had nothing to do with him being a locksmith …”

      That should not be what is germane here. Unlike many states, licensing and mandatory background checks are not required in South Carolina.

      What should be important is Duckworth’s reasoning for the bill:

      “You wouldn’t want somebody who’s a registered sex offender to come to your house and change your locks on your house and possibly keep a key to your home.”

      I don’t know about anyone else, but I wouldn’t want ANYONE coming into my house and changing my locks, then keeping a key. Licensing and a background check won’t prevent someone from keeping a key. The fact that someone is considered a convict shouldn’t be an issue either. That in and of itself does not prove a person will commit a crime.

      Also notable is Lee Griggs, chairman of the legislative committee within the S.C. Locksmith Association, said “While even licensing can’t prevent crimes from happening altogether, regulations like mandatory licensing and background checks help shield the practice from convicted sex offenders or other criminal elements … The licensing is actually designed to protect the citizen, not to license the locksmith or control that or anything else. It’s for your own protection.”

      Protection from whom? A clean background in my opinion only shows that a person has not been arrested and/or convicted crime. They provide a false sense of security. For example. I worked with a guy years ago who thought our employer should have been doing background checks. I asked why he thought it was necessary and his response was, “so we’re not hiring criminals.” Then I reminded him that the reason I was hired was to replace a guy who had stole $800 of product from the warehouse. The thief was a first-time offender.

      ….

  2. Nicholas Maietta

    These are Jim Crow laws.

    • Timmr

      Yes and using the same lame scare tactic, that the boogeymen are breaking in to rape your women.

  3. FRegistryTerrorists

    So funny. What a colossal, idiotic failure their un-American, immoral, illegal witch hunt has been!

    Look at the criminal, idiotic, pandering politicians and their stupid supporters grasping for any tiny, pathetic straws they can find! What a bunch of losers.

    Identify people who support the witch hunt and MAKE THEM PAY. Do it legally but retaliate every single day. These people are not Americans.

    MAKE THEM PAY.

  4. Harry

    Yet, a burglar, bank robber or druggie can be come a locksmith?

    • AJ

      And people in all sorts of other occupations are exempt: hardware stores making key copies, contractors installing locksets, maintenance people at multi-family dwellings. No risk in any of those situations.

      What’s also stupid is the bill says they will not LICENSE to a RC or “bad” locksmith. There’s nothing in the bill preventing me from RENEWING. So I could be a licensed locksmith, become a RC, and then renew in a timely manner and be peachy-keen-fine. Yup, makes perfect sense.

      –AJ

    • Mike G

      I think licenses with background checks have been required for locksmiths in California for some time. Any felony disqualifies, as I remember.

  5. AJ

    How utterly stupid. That he committed a crime AND he’s a locksmith is a completely differently argument than he committed a crime AS a locksmith. Perhaps in the latter case I’d say they have a measure of argument. And mind you, licensing locksmiths as a concept isn’t all bad, as I’d prefer not to have burglars being able to become one. The Bill says one must submit to, and pay for, a state and national background check…then only prohibits two classes of people.

    “The department may not issue a license to a person who:

    (1) is a registered sex offender or is convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or been adjudicated delinquent for an offense for which he is required to register as a sex offender as enumerated in Section 23-3-430(C); or

    (2) has had a prior license to do business as a locksmith revoked for fraud or misrepresentation.”

    Apparently former locksmiths are as much a menace to society as RCs. But all you arsonists, burglars, drug addicts (nothing like free Rx meds for the taking!) and the like, step right up.

    I hate to break the news to the fear-mongers and worry warts: you’re interacting with RCs all the time, blissfully unaware the whole time. You’re likewise interacting with felons, misdemeanants, indicted persons, fugitives, and undiscovered criminals (read: yet to be arrested, tried, and convicted) all the time.

    Glad to see the fear frenzy is getting whipped up all over again thanks to someone waaay over to the end of the bell curve.

    –AJ

  6. Civil rights first

    Total violation of bills of attainder… depriving employment to an easily ascertainable class of people. It’s been tired before against communist Americans during the cold war. Someone could most likely win this on that ground if Someone had an attorney willing to actually fight it on these grounds.

    • David

      What next? RSOs cannot be: pizza delivery drivers; grocery or dry cleaning deliverers; carpet/flooring installers; window or door installers; appliance repairmen; interior house painters; dog walkers; visitors; relatives; citizens; human???
      And yet no lawmaker has proposed that RSOs not be required to pay taxes? That’s odd, isn’t it?

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