New Open Carry with Training law now in effect in South Carolina

New Open Carry with Training law now in effect in South Carolina

South Carolina’s handgun laws changed over the weekend, and local citizens have mixed feelings about the new guidelines. South Carolina’s “Open Carry with Training Act,” or H. 3094, took effect on Sunday, Aug. 15. The act will allow South Carolinians to carry concealable weapons, like handguns, openly with a training permit. The bill was passed by the S.C. General Assembly in May. To commemorate the occasion, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican and staunch 2nd Amendment defender, along with Lt. Gov. Pamela S. Evette and members of the General Assembly, held a ceremonial bill signing on Friday, Aug. 13, at the Palmetto State Armory in Greenville, S.C. Rep. Bobby Cox, R-Greenville, the lead sponsor for the bill, said that the bill was signed in Greenville because it’s a pro-Second Amendment area, where many citizens believe in responsible gun ownership, he told The Greenville News. Cox said that several neighboring states had already adopted versions of the open carry law and that South Carolina’s law was “long overdue,” adding that this was a measure towards making South Carolina a “Second Amendment sanctuary state.” “It’s a proven policy that’s been proven throughout the state,” he said. “It doesn’t turn a state in to the Wild Wild West.” Gov. McMaster said that this measure was put in place to act as a deterrent to fatal gun violence in the state. In 2019, South Carolina had the 8th highest death rate in the U.S. in terms of firearm-related mortality, according to Center for […]

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