Bill to allow concealed weapons without permit dead for year

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Major changes to South Carolina’s concealed weapons permit program will not happen this year.

A Senate subcommittee took no action Thursday on bills passed by the House to eliminate the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed weapon in South Carolina and to have the state accept weapon permits from Georgia residents.

Law enforcement does not like either proposal. Former State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart says the training required in South Carolina to get a concealed weapons permit keeps police officers and the public safe.

Roebuck Sen Lee Bright says South Carolina fails to follow the Second Amendment by having restrictions on when and where law-abiding citizens can carry guns.

The subcommittee decided more hearings were needed before considering the issue next year.