Spartanburg may prohibit open carry at large events. Officials and activists share views.

Spartanburg may prohibit open carry at large events. Officials and activists share views.

Monday, Sep. 13, the Spartanburg City Council voted unanimously to pass the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit open carry of firearms at permitted city events. Councilwoman Ruth Littlejohn, like many others, believes that there is a substantial difference between open and concealed carry. “We’ve reached a point in our society where people are so easy to anger. And we have a gun at reach. We may not walk away to cool off. In my opinion, open carry only promotes aggression,” Littlejohn said. This decision follows the statewide open carry law , which took effect on Aug. 15. The statewide law allows people with concealed weapon permits to carry their weapons openly. While some perceive open carry as a form of protection and deterrence, others are concerned to see more guns out in plain sight. Mixed perspectives on open carry: Spartanburg business owners, citizens mixed on South Carolina’s open carry gun law During the council meeting on Sep. 13, city attorney Bob Coler proposed the ordinance that would prohibit open carry at permitted events. The ordinance would also require more events to obtain a permit from the city. As the city tried to put a definition to permitted events, councilwoman Meghan Smith proposed for Coler to consider the possibility of making Morgan Square a permitted event, in order to welcome more visitors downtown. Councilwoman Erica Brown said she is a supporter of Second Amendment rights, but she doesn’t see a need for people to carry their weapons […]

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