S.C. lawmakers vote to allow concealed guns in restaurants

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - A measure allowing people with concealed-weapons permits in South Carolina to carry firearms into restaurants and bars that serve alcohol is headed to the desk of Governor Nikki Haley, a gun enthusiast who is expected to sign it.
The legislation passed in the state's House of Representatives on Thursday by a vote of 90-18 makes it a crime to drink alcohol while carrying a concealed weapon on those premises.
Restaurants and bars will still be allowed to post signs prohibiting firearms. In South Carolina, 229,310 people have permits to carry concealed guns.
"Those folks are law-abiding citizens who are trained," said Republican state Senator Sean Bennett, who sponsored the measure in his chamber, where it previously passed.

Prior to the passage of this law the only ones carrying weapons into bars, restaurants were the criminals. Murderers, robbers, rapist, drug gangs, etc... Apparently that was OK and no one cared. Now they allow
law abiding citizens who have passed background checks and training to be able to protect them selves and some people are suddenly concerned, but weren't concerned about the criminal element,,,, go figure........... 

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