What others say: SC shouldn’t subsidize open carry, but Senate had one good idea about guns

Editor’s Note — This editorial was first published on Monday, which was before the South Carolina House of Representatives passed the open-carry bill. A week of debate in the Senate didn’t produce a good reason for South Carolina to let people carry handguns openly in public. We heard that people want to do this, and that some mistakenly believe the U.S. Constitution gives them a right to do it, but that’s not the same as a reason the state should allow it. But now that the Senate has passed H.3094 by a vote of 28-16, and with Gov. Henry McMaster champing at the bit to sign any sort of open-carry bill into law, it’s clear that it’s going to be allowed. The only question at this point is what else is going to be included in the bill. Unfortunately, the Senate added two bad provisions to the bill. Fortunately, it also added one good provision. Let’s start with the bad: After senators wisely refused to fling the door wide open to everyone who wants to carry a gun, no background check or training required, they voted to eliminate the $50 application fee for the concealed-weapons permit that people still will need to carry weapons in public, concealed or unconcealed. That fee covers, among other things, the cost of the criminal background check and the red tape the department has to go through to deny a permit. The so-called constitutional-carry crowd said people shouldn’t have to pay a fee to […]

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