Simply put, you want to carry a gun, you carry a gun. This legislation will be similar to Vermont’s interpretation of the 2nd amendment to the Constitution. Last time I checked, the 2nd amendment didn’t contain concealed weapons permit (cwp), training, or anything that makes you ask government to honor a constitutional right. I’d like to flip this mentality. We should honor the South Carolinians right to arm themselves and defend themselves by default. If the citizen violates the law, then and only then, we take it away.
S. 1408 does keep the cwp in place, yet optional. Many folks would like to continue the permit for two reasons: several states reciprocate our permit and permit holders are exempt from the federal requirement for a background check for gun purchases.