On April 23, the South Carolina House took up a concealed carry reform bill containing an amendment rescinding the need for a concealed carry permit. The measure passed 90 to 18.
The bill–H. 3025–seeks to reform South Carolina reciprocity rules so that any concealed carry permit from any other state would be recognized as valid in The Palmetto State.
According to NRA-ILA, state Representative Mike Pitts (R-14) put forward an amendment to “establish a Permitless Carry standard for South Carolina, so that South Carolinians who are not prohibited from possessing a firearm would be able to carry one concealed without first obtaining a permit.”
The amended bill passed with an overwhelming majority and will be up for a Third Reading on April 28.
All eyes are now on the Senate, with the NRA and others working with senators in hopes of ensuring H. 3025’s passage.
If pro-gun lawmakers succeed, they will join Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Montana, Vermont, and Wyoming, all of which already have permitless carry in their states.
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