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Haley Signs Controversial Concealed Weapon Bill

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed into law S.308 –the Concealed Carry Reform Bill- into law Tuesday morning.

“If you want to go into a restaurant you no longer have to leave your gun in the glove box,” said Haley. “You can take it in with you and keep it on your body.”

The bill allows a concealed weapons permit holder – or CWP holder – to carry a firearm into an establishment that serves alcohol.

But that person cannot consume any alcohol.

South Carolina joins 45 other states that already had some form of legal carry in restaurants and other places that sell and serve alcohol.

“This is not a guns in bars bars,” said Haley. “It was never a guns in bars bill. It is illegal to carry and consume alcohol. It was yesterday and it will be tomorrow.”

Despite the rain and ice, dozens of supporters gathered in the Statehouse to cheer on the Governor as she signed the bill into law.

“I’ve been to Virginia, I’ve been to North Carolina. I have a house in North Carolina. You can open carry and I see no problem with that at all,” said supporter Denise Snelling.

But even as Haley emphasized what a great day it was in South Carolina, not everyone agreed with her.

“I think we are leading ourselves to the wild southeast and it’s not a nice day in South Carolina, no matter how you want to spin it, Governor Nikki Haley,” said protestor Elaine Cooper.

Bill S.308 allows an owner to ban individuals from carrying firearms into their bar or restaurant if they choose, regardless of this new law.

All they must do is show a sign out front of their establishment stating that guns are not permitted.

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