A bill that would allow drivers to keep their handguns under their car seat will be taken up by the South Carolina House’s full Judiciary Committee for debate. It’s on the agenda for Tuesday afternoon’s meeting (following adjournment of the House).
Democrat Bakari Sellers of Denmark sponsored the bill. He talks about the legislation’s purpose.
(Sellers on handgun bill MP3 1:19)
Sellers on handguns
Drivers are currently allowed to keep handguns in an automobile, in a closed glove compartment or a console or a car’s trunk.
Sellers says too many people are charged with having a gun in their vehicle because they didn’t know exactly where to put it. Sellers, who has a concealed weapons permit (CWP), says the current law unfairly gives criminal records to well meaning motorists who want to protect themselves.
Last week, a House subcommittee sent the bill to the full committee without voting on it, in order to enable debate in a larger forum.