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South Carolina: Critical Self-Defense Reform Delayed in Senate

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Senate Bill 308, a critical self-defense reform that would remove the prohibition on a Concealed Weapon Permit (CWP) holder carrying a concealed firearm into a restaurant licensed to serve alcohol, remains on the state Senate calendar.  Introduced by state Senator Sean Bennett (R-38), S. 308 would still prohibit a permit holder from consuming alcohol while in a restaurant if he or she is carrying a concealed firearm for personal protection. While the Senate Judiciary Committee passed S. 308 with a favorable Majority Report and because there was also an unfavorable Minority Report, this bill is considered “contested.” This “contested” status can delay passage of S. 308 indefinitely, but there are several options available to remove the impediment of the Minority Report. One procedure would be to have S. 308 set for Special Order.

Please contact your state Senator TODAY and urge her or him to vote to set S. 308 for Special Order, as well as to oppose any efforts to weaken this critical reform.  Please remind your state Senator that 44 other states have enacted similar laws.


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