SC House passes bill that could dramatically expand state’s gun laws

How do gun laws differ in North and South Carolina? North Carolina’s gun laws are slightly less strict than South Carolina’s. By Stephanie Bunao | Ashley Jean Reese captions and subtitles off, selected North Carolina’s gun laws are slightly less strict than South Carolina’s. By Stephanie Bunao | Ashley Jean Reese The South Carolina House passed its second expansion of the right to carry firearms this year, this time a measure that would allow a person to carry a handgun openly regardless of whether they have a permit . The measure, passed Wednesday in a 69-47 vote, has been aggressively opposed by some of the state’s top voices in the law enforcement community . And the state Senate, despite being GOP-controlled, is unlikely to debate such an expansive bill. Instead, the upper chamber is more likely to vote on a similar measure passed by the state House weeks ago that would allow legal gun owners to carry open in public , but only with a permit. The so-called constitutional carry measure was part of an agreement between House leadership and a handful of Republican members, who believe legislation to expand gun restrictions to allow for open carry with a permit does not go far enough for supporters of the Second Amendment, who believe the Constitution gives gun owners the right to carry weapons without regulation. State Rep. Micah Caskey, R-Lexington, who led hearings on the legislation, said last month that it became clear that constitutional carry legislation had a […]

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