SC House passes permitless carrying of guns, hate crime bill before crucial deadline

SC House passes permitless carrying of guns, hate crime bill before crucial deadline

SC House passes permitless carrying of guns, hate crime bill before crucial deadline COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – The day before the so-called crossover deadline, state lawmakers passed a hate crime bill and a bill removing the need for a concealed weapon permit to carry a gun. Thursday’s crossover deadline is a point at which any bill passing the House or Senate must get a two-thirds vote in the other chamber to be considered, a higher bar than is usually needed. “We wanted to give them multiple options, but also send the signal that this is very important, the house has moved on this with two strong second amendment bills these are the first bills like this that have come through the Committee in the past 25 years,” said H. 3096 sponsor Rep. Bobby Cox, R-Greenville. “The current state of the country there is an outcry from the grassroots and our constituents they want to protect themselves.” Cox also said the motivation for this bill came from some constituent fears that with Pres. Joe Biden in the Oval Office, there is a threat to gun ownership in the state. “We live in a world where people have preconceived notions and biases and fears that could potential put lives at risk,” said Williamsburg Democrat Rep. Cezar McKnight. “I hope we are not swimming in blood.” While the debate on gun laws took a few hours, there was no debate on a hate crime bill that passed the House 79-29. H. 3620, […]

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