New open carry law in S.C. stirs debate even among gun owners

New open carry law in S.C. stirs debate even among gun owners

The bill was signed into law Monday. (Source: WMBF News) HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Gun owners in South Carolina will soon be able to openly carry their firearm as long as they have a concealed weapons permit. Gov. Henry McMaster signed the Open Carry with Training Act into law Monday. The new bill, which goes into effect Aug. 15, continues to divide people when it comes to whether it’s necessary. “I’m actually not a real big fan,” 707 Gun Shop owner Robert Battista said. “I think it’s going to cause more problems than it’s going to solve.” “I’m hoping that people walking around displaying firearms isn’t going to cause them to choose to go other places on vacation,” Battista said. He added he’s happy the new law also eliminates the $50 permit fee for a concealed weapons permit, but said that’s the only good it does. Sherra Scott is the president of South Carolina Carry, an organization pushing for more pro-gun legislation. While she applauds McMaster for signing the bill into law, it’s still not exactly what she had hoped for. Constitutional carry would have allowed anyone to openly carry a gun without a permit. While Scott wishes that’s what passed, she said open carry will still have benefits, primarily individuals looking to harm someone likely won’t target those who have their weapon visible. She added open carry is a step in the right direction for strengthening the Second Amendment right of South Carolinians, and she disagrees with […]

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