SC House passes open carry bill
State lawmakers have a long list of Public Safety bills on their agenda for this legislative session. That list includes cracking down on violent offenders being chronically released on bond, stemming the fentanyl epidemic, allowing capital punishment to resume, and pay increases for law enforcement officers. All those bills advanced through the General Assembly this week.
So did a controversial gun bill that opponents claim will make the state less safe. The Republican controlled House of Representatives passed a bill that will allow persons 18 and older to openly carry firearms in the state except where they would be expressly prohibited in places like schools, government buildings, and businesses where owners would opt not to allow them. Current law allows people to openly carry their handgun in public after taking a safety course and getting a state permit.