The 2nd Amendment is once again being expanded and now those who enter a bar have the ability to bring with them their loaded fire arm.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has just signed into law a new bill, S.308, the Concealed Carry Reform Bill, which will allow people to carry loaded weapons into a bar as long as they have a permit to do so. The bill does not allow those carrying the weapon to consume alcohol, but the new law is expected to still generate controversy.
- Allows a CWP holder to carry a firearm into an establishment that serves alcohol, although that person cannot consume alcohol if carrying.
- Allows an owner to ban individuals from carrying firearms in their establishment.
- Removes proof of residency requirements and expands the range of acceptable photo identification that may be used when applying for a CWP.
- Eliminates the 8-hour training requirement for a handgun course, but maintains the topics that must be covered in that class.
- Waives training requirements for individuals that can prove they have completed military basic training or is a retired law enforcement officer that proves graduation from the CJA.
- Deletes the assumption of applicant endorsement by a local sheriff if the sheriff chooses not to comment on a CWP application.
- Simplifies the permit renewal process, eliminates fingerprint checks for renewals, and increases the renewal time to five years.
- Allows SLED to engage in electronic communication with an applicant.
The signing of the Concealed Carry Reform Bill is yet another step in the conservative attempt to team with the NRA and expand gun rights to supporters of the 2nd Amendment. The fine line between sensible gun laws and the extreme is very thin and it's a battle that will continue to rage on as the years go by.