South Carolina Senators Approve Bill Allowing Open Carry Of Hand Guns

South Carolina senators passed a bill that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry their firearms openly.

On Thursday, the Senate voted 28-16 in favor of the so-called open carry bill.

The proposal allows people who have undergone training and background checks to carry guns concealed under a jacket or other clothing.

Before the vote, senators made amendments to certain aspects of the bill, so it would have to be sent back to the House for further consideration.

Among the amendments are the elimination of the $50 fee charged by the State Law Enforcement Division to secure a permit and the reduction to five days of the number of days that court clerks have to report any charge or other issue that may revoke a permit to the state police.

If the bill reaches McMaster’s desk, he has stated that he will sign it into law.

South Carolina, along with California, Florida, Illinois, and New York, is one of only five states without any kind of open carry law.

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