South Carolina’s up-and-coming governor, Nikki Haley has let it be known that she’s in favor of constitutional carry (the ability to exercise Second Amendment rights without first obtaining government permission). But the Palmetto State Senate Judiciary Committee isn’t quite so enthusiastic. The committee’s chairman, Larry Martin, is credited with killing the bill. As wltx.com reports, he’s really not a fan of open carry: “You can carry a weapon openly if this bill is adopted and I’m offended by that,” said committee chair Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens).” . . .
The Palmetto State is one of only six that ban the open carry of holstered handguns. That seems likely to be reduced to five in the near future. Both of the likely candidates for governor in Texas have said that they are in favor of restoring legal open carry.
Governor Haley signed a gun law reform bill just a few days ago. Perhaps the committee members want to digest the current reforms before taking a bigger bite toward restoring second amendment rights in South Carolina.
Senator Lee Bright, the primary sponsor of the deceased bill, is expected to be endorsed by several Tea Party groups in his primary bid for the U.S. Senate, challenging current Senator Lindsey Graham. And he’s not shy about his efforts on behalf of the state’s gun owners:
“Many thanks to Rachel Maddow and MSNBC for [inadvertently] spreading the word about my Constitutional Carry bill! I’m proud to have the terrific support of Governor Haley in this effort.”
Bright, who raffled off an AR-15 rifle as part of his campaign, wasn’t happy about his bill’s fate.
“This is the right to self defense,” Bright said. “We sit up here in this ivory tower here in the South Carolina Senate and decide who and who can not defend themselves.”
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