Colombia, South Carolina – New legislation aiming to allow Georgia Concealed Carry Permit holders to legally carry in South Carolina was amended to allow permitless concealed carry; this is not be confused with permitless carry known as Constitutional Carry. The Bill was then passed, amendment intact, by a vote of 90-18.
House Bill 3799 started as a politically mundane piece of legislation, but that was quickly changed Thursday after House Republicans allowed an amendment to be added to establish permitless concealed carry. Representative Mike Pitts introduced the amendment – here is what he had to say:
It is a good compromise because people would still have to keep their guns hidden from view in public, but would not have to go through hours of training for a constitutional right.
Though the bill has not yet faced the state senate, the votes are on its side with a 61% Republican majority. In addition, Governor Nikki Haley is a Second Amendment proponent and Concealed Carry Permit holder.
Few things are as clearly defined as the right of individual Americans to own and use firearms. The right to bear arms was deemed so critical by our Founders that they spelled it out in absolute terms, and any governmental action that undermines that right is in turn undermining the very freedoms that built our great nation. I hold a Concealed Weapons Permit myself, and in this state makes it difficult for CWP holders to rightfully carry–we need to make the rules that govern carrying far more simple…
South Carolina is not an open carry state – which means that firearms cannot be carried in the open – which leaves it in the diminishing ‘anti-gun’ category with states like Illinois, California and New York. This bill, if passed, will place it into a category of its own in regard to permitless concealed carry.
What are your thoughts on Constitutional / Permitless Carry? Is Constitutional Carry right for America?