Senate Majority Leader confident open carry bill passes before session ends

Senate Majority Leader confident open carry bill passes before session ends

Senate Majority Leader confident open carry bill passes before session ends COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Despite only having five working days left in this legislative session, lawmakers are confident they will pass a bill changing gun rights in South Carolina. “I think we have a really good opportunity to a have responsible, strong, pro-second amendment bill come out of the Senate before the end of the legislative session,” Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, said. However, Massey isn’t expecting the bill to cruise through the South Carolina Senate. He said there 28 amendments have been put forward, which can lead to hours of debate this week. “We need to hear people out, let them make their points, but at some point, we need to move along,” the Senator said. Senate Minority Leader Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, said his caucus is supportive of the Second Amendment but isn’t sure why existing concealed weapons need to be changed. “We are not trying to take anyone’s guns, we are not trying to keep people from owning guns, we are not trying to keep people from protecting themselves with guns,” Hutto said. “Where is that line between your right to own a gun and protect yourself and to carry that gun in public.” Hutto fears people will brandish their guns openly as a way of intimidating people if this bill passes. He also is worried seeing more guns will cause people to reconsider vacationing in South Carolina, where the industry is a major source […]

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