What to know about South Carolina’s open carry law

What to know about South Carolina’s open carry law

Photo by Jay King With the signing of the new “ Open Carry with Training ” Act into law by Gov. Henry McMaster May 17, South Carolinians who hold a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) will soon be able to openly carry handguns in the state. Supporters of the law say it is a needed measure to protect citizens’ Second Amendment rights. They argue that allowing law abiding citizens to carry weapons openly will make the state safer. “The open carry law is the most significant advancement of pro-Second Amendment legislation in South Carolina in the past 25 years,” said state Rep. Jason Elliott, R-Greenville, one of the bill’s sponsors. “This law affirms the constitutional right of law-abiding South Carolinians to openly carry handguns outside their homes.” Opponents say the law does nothing to combat gun violence and that it sends the wrong signals about the state’s priorities. They say that instead of passing an open carry law, legislators should have addressed closing the “Charleston loophole” that came to light after the murder of nine worshippers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in 2015. Under current federal law, if the FBI is not able to complete a criminal background check on a prospective gun buyer after three days the gun seller has the discretion to proceed with the sale. In a small number of cases this has allowed gun buyers who would be barred from purchasing a firearm to obtain a weapon that they used later in a crime. “For […]

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