Lawmakers consider bill to allow open carry in South Carolina

South Carolina is one of only five states in the country without legislation that allows some form of open carry. COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) — South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would give some people the ability to openly carry guns the state. South Carolina is one of only five states in the country without legislation that allows some form of open carry. However, House Bill 3094 has several law enforcement leaders and other groups worried about its consequences. (Video above: Friday headlines) “This is an incremental step towards restoring our constitutional freedoms,” Rep. Bobby Cox said. The Greenville County lawmaker is among a list of 67 state representatives who support the legislation, which was discussed Thursday morning among members of the state’s General Laws Subcommittee. “This is not creating the wild west. This is simply a commonsense measure bringing South Carolina in line with other states, including all of your neighbors,” National Rifle Association Representative D.J. Spiker said to the subcommittee’s members. “While it’s a small step, it’s a critical step and a step that’s long overdue in bringing South Carolina in line with a vast majority of the country.” The “Open Carry with Training Act” applies to those who have a concealed carry permit, and it allows open carry wherever a gun holder is permitted to carry a concealed weapon in the state. “What we are asking is for you to allow concealed carry holders to take off their coat,” Spiker said. But many people, even […]

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