A second hearing is being held in Rock Hill on March 7 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss doing away with concealed weapons permits in South Carolina.
A South Carolina Senate bill would allow for people to openly carry their guns. However, guns would not be allowed in government buildings or wherever posted signs bar guns.
Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) says, “Many of us believe that it’s basically spelled out in the Constitution, it’s a right.
Bright filed the bill almost two years ago, and once again this year, just before a mass shooting of school children in Connecticut and the subsequent outcry against gun violence.
“I got a call the next day and they said, ‘Have you reconsidered?’ I said, ‘No! Why would I reconsider?’” said Bright.
Instead, Bright is chairing a series of hearings to gauge public interest in his legislation.
The special Senate panel held its first hearing a week ago with a packed auditorium at North Charleston City Hall. Joan Brown of Summerville spoke in favor of Bright’s bill : “I was thrilled that the room was filled with people. So many of us are realizing that our constitutional rights are being taken away one at a time, and Washington says this is all about guns. It’s not; it’s about control of people.”
Senator Bright argues that gun violence will not be solved by toughening up on gun ownership.
“The gun doesn’t create the problem and stronger gun laws is not going to eliminate gun violence. Chicago’s got some of the strongest gun laws in the nation and that’s becoming the new murder capital of the U.S.,” Bright says.
Two more hearings will be held in March, before the panel goes back to the Statehouse to decide the bill’s fate. The next is in Greenville
on March 11 at 7 p.m. and Myrtle Beach on March 18 at 7 p.m.