Today, the General Laws Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee strengthened Senate Bill 308, a restaurant carry bill. As amended and passed in the South Carolina Senate in April, S 308 imposed arbitrary restrictions on the hours a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) holder may lawfully carry a firearm for self-defense in a restaurant that serves alcohol. It also did not allow CWP holders to sit in the bar area of a restaurant, if it had one.
The House General Laws Subcommittee removed these restrictions and S 308 has been fully restored to a solid self-defense bill. S 308 now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration. While a hearing has not been scheduled, please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to support the strengthened version of Senate Bill 308.