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.
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.”
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