To make a point about constitutional rights, a state legislator has filed a bill to create requirements and a registry for journalists and to impose fines and other penalties for violating the provisions.

“Every time I turn around, there’s a spin on the Second Amendment,” South Carolina state Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Laurens, told the Index-Journal in Greenwood, S.C.

He said of his bill: “Basically, it is the [concealed weapons permit] law with journalists and pens instead of guns.”

Pitts said he introduced the bill, called the South Carolina Responsible Journalism Registry, on Tuesday “as an experiment to make a point about the media and how they only care about the Constitution when it comes [to] their portion of the First Amendment.”

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