Legislation in the state Senate that lets South Carolina recognize Georgia’s concealed weapons permits is closer to becoming law.
A Senate judiciary panel advanced a bill Thursday that would allow Georgia residents with that state’s CWP permit to carry firearms once they cross into South Carolina. The proposal passed the House last year.
“I represent two thirds of Aiken County and this is like a number one issue, besides roads,” State Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, testified at a state Senate panel hearing Thursday.
Supporters hope the legislation would have a benefit for South Carolina gun owners, as well. Since Georgia’s permit law allows for automatic recognition of states that recognize Georgia’s permits, South Carolinians with permits would be able to carry their guns in Georgia if the bill becomes law.
Some legislators were concerned that Georgia’s CWP requirements are slightly looser in that the Peach State does not require certified weapons training while South Carolina does.
State Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens, said he is one county removed from Georgia and has never heard of any problems with Georgia CWP holders. “I’ve never seen an article, a news article published where Georgia’s CWP law is resulting in a lot of folks walking around with CWP’s that ought not have them,” he said during Thursday’s meeting.