South Carolina Set to Embrace Constitutional Carry as 29th State

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On the heels of Louisiana’s recent move to permitless carry, South Carolina is poised to become the 29th state to adopt Constitutional Carry laws, marking a significant advancement for gun rights advocates. The South Carolina Senate passed the Constitutional Carry Bill with a 28-18 vote, shortly after the House’s approval at an 86-33 vote.

The approved bill permits any legally eligible individual in South Carolina to carry a firearm in public, either openly or concealed, without the need for a permit or mandatory training. However, current prohibitions on carrying firearms in specific locations, such as schools, courthouses, and government buildings, will remain in effect. The legislation introduces additional restrictions, including a ban on carrying at polling places on election day, daycare centers, and establishments that sell alcohol for consumption on the premises.

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In an effort to balance the new freedoms with public safety, the bill outlines optional, free firearm training provided twice a month in every county. It also strengthens penalties for those carrying illegally in restricted areas and intensifies consequences for repeat offenders, particularly felons unlawfully in possession of firearms.

Tommy Dimsdale, Executive Director of Palmetto Gun Rights, heralded the bill as a victory for the Second Amendment, emphasizing the importance of individual responsibility over government-imposed restrictions. Conversely, Patty Tuttle of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America expressed concerns about the potential increase in firearms on the streets and the associated risks.

As the bill awaits Governor McMaster’s signature, South Carolina stands on the verge of affirming its commitment to the Second Amendment. This legislation underscores a growing trend across the United States towards recognizing and restoring the right to bear arms as enshrined in the Constitution.

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