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South Carolina lets people have firearms in alcohol serving places

April 4, 2014
James F Byrnes Freshman Academy

At the beginning of the year 2014, South Carolina’s governor, Nikki Haley, signed a bill that would allow licensed citizens to carry concealable firearms into bars or alcohol serving areas, as long as the person does not consume any alcohol.

If the person drinks any beer, wine, or liquor while having a gun, they can be fined up to $2,000 or gets sent to jail for up to two years.  They can also be suspended from having a firearm permit.

Hooper Stevens, a student at Byrnes Freshman Academy (BFA), said, “The owner [of the bar] should have a gun.”

Some other students agree with Hooper Stevens.

“The customer shouldn’t have a gun, but one of the employees should,” commented Maddie Jones, another student at BFA.

Concealable weapons are still not allowed on the premises if there is a “NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS” sign.

The bill is used to try to stop criminal activity.

Governor Haley said, “If a restaurant does allow concealed weapons, a criminal is less likely to go into a restaurant knowing that there are people who are protecting themselves.”

This new bill also gets rid of the need to have the 8-hour training requirement in order to have a concealable weapons permit; however, a class still needs to be taken and the topics have to be reviewed.

To get licensed for a concealable weapons permit, people need to take a written and firing test, also.

According to The State, a Columbia based newspaper in South Carolina, a bill is under consideration that would get rid of all permits, fees, and training requirements for carrying firearms.

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