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SC Gov. Haley says she backs carrying firearms without permits, training

SC Gov. Haley says she backs carrying firearms without permits, training

BY JAMIE SELF

February 11, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC — S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that she backs a proposal that would make it legal for most South Carolinians to carry guns – concealed or in the open – without a permit or the training that the state currently requires.

Haley made her comments after she signed into law a bill that allows gun owners with licenses to carry concealed weapons into businesses that serve alcohol – restaurants and bars – as long as they do not drink alcohol and the businesses did not bar guns.

After signing the restaurant and bar bill, Haley said she backs a pending state Senate bill, called the “Constitutional Carry Act,” that would eliminate the state’s current permitting and training requirements for citizens who wish to carry firearms.

via COLUMBIA, SC: SC Gov. Haley says she backs carrying firearms without permits, training | Politics | The State.

 

The legislation is driven by the belief the 2nd Amendment guarantees a person’s right to carry firearms generally without any government restriction. What S. 115, proposed by state Sen. Lee Bright, does:

  • Decriminalizes carrying a firearm without a permit, doing away with the need for a concealed weapons license
  • Would make it a crime to carry a firearm with the intent of committing a crime
  • Would allow people to carry firearms either concealed or in the open
  • Would not eliminate the state’s concealed weapons permitting program; gun owners still might need a state permit in order to carry their concealed firearms in other states

S.C. Gov. Haley backs carrying firearms without permits, training

By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News

February 12, 2014 8:35 AM

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she supports a proposed bill that would make it legal to carry guns without a permit or training, The State newspaper reports.

The proposed Constitutional Carry Act (S. 115) would decriminalize carrying a firearm without a permit — effectively eliminating the need for a concealed weapons license and related training — and would allow people to carry firearms either concealed or out in the open.

“Criminals are dangerous,” Haley said Tuesday, “and I think that every resident should be allowed to protect themselves from criminals.”

via S.C. Gov. Haley backs carrying firearms without permits, training – Yahoo News.

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