Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina has said that she will sign the gun law reform, Bill 308. The law has been widely touted as a restaurant carry bill that removes state restrictions on people with concealed carry permits carrying their defensive firearms into establishments that serve alcohol. Second Amendment supporters have argued that they should be able to eat at the same restaurants as other citizens without discrimination by the government. The new law will prohibit legally armed citizens from consuming alcohol while in these establishments . . .
Restaurants owners will be able to discriminate if they chose to do so, either by placing a sign indicating that armed citizens aren’t welcome, or by asking individuals to leave their establishments.
When the South Carolina reform is signed, only one state will have a blanket prohibition on carry in restaurants that serve alcohol. According to opencarry.org, that state is Louisiana. Restaurant carry reform passed the Louisiana House 64-24 in 2013, but the bill didn’t make it through the legislative process. North Dakota passed restaurant carry reform in 2013.
South Carolina’s Bill 308 reforms other parts of the State’s gun laws as well.
The eight hour training requirement for a concealed carry permit is dropped, leaving a checklist of items that must be covered in the required instruction instead. Former military and retired law enforcement are exempted from some of the training.
Sheriffs are no longer required to submit a recommendation about an applicant’s fitness. If the applicant for the concealed carry permit passes the background check, South Carolina’s Law Enforcement Division (SLED) must issue the permit.
Among other improvements, applications for the permit will now be accepted online and the term of the permit is extended from four to five years. Fingerprints won’t be necessary for renewal applications. And restrictions on where in vehicles firearms may be transported have been removed for permit holders.
The law will take effect when the governor sign’s the bill into law.
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