Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee issued a favorable report to House Bill 3094, to legalize the open carry of handguns. In the afternoon, the full Senate voted to pull it directly to the floor for floor debate next week.
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 does 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.
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