An effort to repeal the state’s concealed weapons permit requirement did not make out of a state Senate panel last week.
State Sen. Katrina Shealy, R-Lexington, said the issue should be studied before the CWP law is repealed, specifically “the effects it would have on our state if we do give it up,” she said during the Senate judiciary subcommittee meeting Thursday.
“If you’re going to carry a gun, I think you need to be trained to carry it,” Shealy said, speaking of the state’s requirement that gun owners must undergo a training session before obtaining a permit.
The effort known as “constitutional carry” would have still allowed concealed weapons permit training, particularly for those gun owners who want to be able to carry their weapons beyond state borders. Six other states allow carrying weapons without a permit.
State Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, argued in favor of the bill, pointing to states such as Alaska and West Virginia as examples of successful permitless carry. “I just hope that you’re not planning on traveling to Alaska or West Virginia or any of these other ‘dangerous’ states that allow people to carry without a permit,” he sarcastically told fellow committee members after the vote.
Shealy said just because other states do require permits to carry a weapon doesn’t mean South Carolina should do it as well. “I think it’s smart for South Carolina to have CWP training,” she said.