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A city outside Charleston has become the latest community to ban people from openly carrying firearms at public events. The Goose Creek City Council on Tuesday approved the ban on public property at permitted events, including parades and protests.
Authorities say a South Carolina youth basketball coach has been arrested after a 10-year-old player took a loaded gun from his car to his elementary school. Lancaster County deputies say 36-year-old Isaac Adams was barred from legally owning a gun because of a previous criminal conviction.
Under the new law, firearms are still prohibited on State House grounds, school grounds when students are in school or involved in extracurricular activities, and in places where signage states they are not allowed.
A South Carolina bill letting people with concealed weapons permits carry their guns in the open is heading to Gov. Henry McMaster's desk. The House approved the bill 83-34 Wednesday and signed off changes made by the Senate to the bill. The proposal allows so-called open carry of guns for people who undergo training and background checks to carry guns hidden under a jacket or other clothing. The House originally passed the bill in March. Senators then made changes in their version, including eliminating a $50 permit fee. South Carolina is one of only five states without so-called open carry.
The chances of South Carolina joining most other states allowing licensed people to openly carry pistols and not hide them under a jacket dimmed Tuesday as a small group of senators didn't find time to vote on a House-passed bill.