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As pro-gun lawmakers in South Carolina press on with their efforts to make the Palmetto State the 28th in the nation to allow lawful citizens to carry firearms for self-defense without a permit, the proposal’s future is still uncertain.

House Bill 3594, formally called the “South Carolina Constitutional Carry/Second Amendment Preservation Act of 2023,” was passed by the state Senate last week. That’s the good news. The not so good news is the Senate passed it with a number of amendments. And while the amendments aren’t necessarily bad, they do force the measure to go back before the House to consider the amended bill, putting one more roadblock in the way of passage.

One Senate amendment would lower the minimum age for those who can get a concealed carry permit from 21 to 18, which obviously isn’t a bad thing. Another amendment would increase the penalties for prohibited persons in possession of a firearm, with additional increases if carrying in the commission of a crime.

Another amendment requires the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to provide free concealed weapon permit training courses regularly throughout the state.

“The training course must be offered in every county in South Carolina at least twice per month,” the amendment states. “If demand exceeds the capacity of the training course in any county, SLED shall provide additional classes until there exists a sufficient number of classes offered at least twice a month to meet the demand for training in each respective county.”

Yet another amendment aligns punishments for carrying in prohibited places with the current concealed carry statute for a first offense, with enhanced penalties only to be used for those who are habitual offenders.

As with most constitutional, or “permitless,” carry laws, the South Carolina version doesn’t do away with the existing permitting system for those who want a permit for out-of-state carry and other purposes.

There’s still a chance that the House will concur with the amendments and the bill could still go to the governor for consideration. However, if the House doesn’t concur with the Senate amendments the legislation would likely be dead, at least for the rest of the session.





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    • Lucky for us SC accepts FL resident CCW. I wasn’t aware until recently that they do not accept Non-resident permits.

      They also ban carry on public transportation which sucks for us since we rely on it to get around wherever we are since we don’t even own a car.

  1. Permits to wear a coat over a firearm or have one in a purse, etc. is the State taking a Right from the Citizenry and selling it back to them.
    How about some Reparations say a $1500.00 shopping spree for a gun and holster?

  2. Louisiana News:
    Governor Landry has called for the 2nd Extraordinary Session to begin Feb 19 and the session is dedicated to crime. On the agenda is CC. Already Senator Miguez has filed SB 1 which is a good CC bill. And on the house side Rep McCormick has filed HB 12. Both bills are exactly alike with only different wording. Without going into a lot of detail it will be a huge surprise if SB 1 does not go through the Senate and House like Exlax through a goat. Both SB 1 and HB 12 are good bills and it has been predicted by a little “bird” that Louisiana will have a CC bill completed and signed by Governor Landry by Feb 28. The date of the 28th is a little ambitious but time will tell.

  3. That guy: “Aren’t they all?
    Well yes in a general sense; however, during a regular session the subject matter of bills is not limited to one(1) subject only. Extraordinary or Special Sessions are for a much shorter duration and the subject matter of bills is limited to a specific subject. The Session mentioned begins Feb 19 and ends March 6. The regular session begins March 11. As of today, Feb 12, 9 Senate bills and 12 house bills have been filed for consideration during the Extraordinary or Special Session. During a regular Session hundreds of bills are filed E.g, in 2023 there were 661 House bills and 233 Senate bills filed not counting all the resolutions etc filed.

    • That guy: “Aren’t they all?

      “Well yes in a general sense”

      I say, it’s a joke, son. /Foghorn Leghorn

      • @ That Guy, Thanks for the memories, I have not thought about Foghorn/Leghorn in a long time. My first impression was that it was a joke; but, I wanted to clarify in the event. The next 3 weeks in Louisiana are going to be interesting and exciting for POTG in Louisiana. It seems that the new republican governor Landry is not just Whistling Dixie.

  4. quote—————-One Senate amendment would lower the minimum age for those who can get a concealed carry permit from 21 to 18, which obviously isn’t a bad thing.———quote

    The Far Right Neanderthals’ forever reject Science when it does not support their warped ideological views.

    Science and also insurance records show that males under 25 years of age do not realized the consequences of their actions both in the short and long term. Their reckless accident rates are the highest as well. When you mix in alcohol, half naked teasing women and wild reckless drunken naked ape male’s you have a prescription for extreme violence and murder.

    • Science and insurance records have nothing to do with our God given right to self protection. The left wants to punish a multitude for the actions of a few. All the while ignoring reduced police presence and the liberal justice system. Is it possible that convictions followed by stringent incarceration would serve as a deterrent?
      BTW, there are 2 Neanderthals, Classical and Progressive. The left encompasses both.

    • I’ll bet you reject the science of chromosomes because it doesn’t support your warped views of how many sexes there are.

  5. What am I missing here? Which of the amendments listed above are not logical and acceptable? There’s something wrong with free training, lower age, increased penalties for miscreants?

    • They didn’t say the amendments were objectionable, only that the bill now has to return to the House since it was changed with the addition of the amendments.

      There’s still a chance that the House will concur with the amendments and the bill could still go to the governor for consideration.

  6. Every one read the bill it’s real easy to understand state carry is constitutional to carry in other states you need the SC permit to comply with their laws…..!

    Example: to carry openly in North Carolina you must have a South Carolina permit to open carry

    See carry restrictions in South Carolina permit law…!

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