South Carolina state Senate rejects permitless carry
Columbia — It was unexpected, but South Carolina can breathe a sigh of relief.
The South Carolina state Senate rejected permitless open carry by three votes. The final vote was 25-21. Twenty-eight votes were needed to pass this vulgar, indecent bill that came out of nowhere late last month.
Senate Minority Leader Brad Hutto – who represents Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton and Orangeburg counties – questioned why the GOP were in such a rush to pass this bill and why they didn’t think the current law allowing concealed weapons was good enough.
“You want me to know you have a gun. Isn’t that what this is all about?” said Senator Hutto.
The GOP dominated House passed two open carry bills. While moderates and liberals oppose both bills, law enforcement and child advocacy groups strongly oppose the permitless open carry bill.
South Carolina already allows for open carry of long guns, as does New York.
The states that do not have any kind of open carry are: Florida, California and Illinois.