Valley Stream, New York 2021-04-22 15:47:11 –
Columbia, South Carolina (WSPA) — Proponents of expanding gun rights in South Carolina expect the Senate to take action under either the Open Carry With Training Act or the Constitutional Carry Act of 2021.
Both bills have already been passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year.
Both bills are currently on the Senate Judiciary Committee. As of Thursday afternoon, no meetings are scheduled for any of these bills, according to the State Capitol website.
Proponents want the Senate to take action before the end of the session so that the bill can become a bill this year.
Co-sponsor Stewart Jones (R-District 14) said: This will help you stay safer in the long run. “
Proponents of the State Senate said they expect at least one bill to be voted on the Senate floor this year. Senator Josh Kimbrel (R-District 11) said: I understand why the members are worried. If I didn’t expect to be voted in favor of this year’s second amendment, I would be even more worried. “
Many Democrats and law enforcement officials throughout the state oppose both bills. They said it could lead to more violence during disagreements.
Luther Reynolds, police chief of Charleston, told lawmakers that protests and protests could lead to dangerous situations. He states: “The addition of open carrying of pistols increases tension, increases the potential for loss of life and serious personal injury, and makes law enforcement more difficult if many individuals carry their pistols openly. Become.”
I contacted Senator Luke Rankin, Senator Judiciary Chairman (R District 33), about whether these bills will hold a hearing on his committee this year, but there is no response.
Even if these bills don’t pass this year, 2022 will be the second year of the two-year legislative assembly, so they will pass next year as well.
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