S.C. House approves guns in bars bill

Expect to see more signs like this one at Charleston County Library's main branch on Calhoun Street showing up at bars and restaurants if the governor signs the legislation allowing people with concealed weapons permits to bring their guns inside. The law prohibits people from consuming alcohol in those circumstances. Buy this photo

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's House of Representatives easily passed a bill Thursday that allows those with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns into restaurants and bars that serve alcohol.

The 90-18 vote comes amid some backlash in Charleston, as many owners and managers are finding out about the new law. Under the law, those carrying guns cannot consume alcohol, and restaurants may post a sign that says those carrying are not welcome.

Many restaurant managers in Charleston have been greeted by yellow cards labeled, "No Lead with My Drink Please" in protest. If they hope to stop the law, they'll now have to lobby Gov. Nikki Haley - who has a concealed weapons permit.

Read more on the Palmetto Politics blog.

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