On February 23rd, the House Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 3094, to legalize the open carry of handguns. Previously, on February 10th, the General Laws Subcommittee issued a favorable report to HB 3094 and advanced it to the full committee.
House Bill 3094 allows citizens who hold a concealed weapons permit to carry a handgun in the manner they choose. Currently, South Carolina is one of just five states that do not explicitly allow open carry, among them Illinois, New York, and California. Self-defense situations are difficult to predict and everyone has different circumstances. It is unreasonable for the law to impose a one-size-fits-all method of carrying a handgun for self-defense.
NRA will keep you updated on this bill and others affecting our Second Amendment rights in South Carolina. Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox.