How the ‘open carry’ gun-rights effort in South Carolina shot itself in the foot

How the ‘open carry’ gun-rights effort in South Carolina shot itself in the foot

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SHARE COPY LINK The push for open carry gun laws in South Carolina has backfired after one of the bill’s supporters threatened a top state lawmaker. In response, a state Senate subcommittee chairman postponed Tuesday’s hearing on the bill, effectively killing it for the year by ensuring it misses a Wednesday deadline to pass either the House or the Senate. State Sen. Stephen Goldfinch, R-Georgetown, tweeted Monday he was postponing the hearing “until further notice.” “Even though I’m supportive of Open Carry ideals, I will not stand by and allow threats to my friends,” Goldfinch wrote in support of S.C. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter McCoy, the Charleston Republican who received the threat. McCoy is being monitored by law enforcement after a gun rights activist took to social media to suggest shooting McCoy for allegedly holding up an open carry proposal. The open carry bill would allow lawful gun owners to carry their firearms, concealed or not, without a permit in South Carolina. Currently, S.C. gun owners must first attend training through a certified South Carolina instructor before they can receive a concealed weapons permit. In a March 26 Facebook post, the Freedom Action Network of South Carolina called McCoy “the #1 enemy of restoring our gun rights in the Statehouse” for not advancing the constitutional carry legislation. A commenter replied to the post by suggesting McCoy be shot. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the threat, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, which is monitoring […]

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