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South Carolina gun proposal would allow gun carrying without permit

11:47 AM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, S.C. -- People in South Carolina are one step closer to carrying guns without a permit.

A senate subcommittee passed what is called the South Carolina Constitutional Carry Act Wednesday afternoon.

A huge crowd showed up to support the legislation with folks lining up just to get inside the Senate building.

The bill would allow those legally able to own guns to, carry them without getting a concealed weapons permit.

It would also allow employers and homeowners to prohibit the weapons on their property.

"Folks shouldn't have to have permit to assert a right that's given to us by the constitution, and with rights come responsibilities and I'm very proud of what we did today in subcommittee," said Sen. Lee Bright.

Several law enforcement groups expressed concerns about the legislation's impacts on community safety, felons ability to carry guns and calls from the public about seeing people with guns.

Supporters say carrying a gun is constitutional right that shouldn't have been limited in the first place.

"I think it's redundant that we're fighting over something that we already have the right to do. I think the problem is, they're not going after the criminals. There's enough law already in place for the bad guys that they're not prosecuting. It's not the good guys that you have to worry about carrying a firearm," said Mouse Prosen.

Lawmakers have traveled across the state for public hearing no the measure for the last few weeks.

The bill will now head to a full Senate committee set for early April.

Jennifer Bellamy, WLTX

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