2 weeks ago
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Critics are promising to push back on a new bill that would allow gun owners to carry their weapons with or without a permit, but it’s not clear when the proposal will be up for further debate.
Republican members of the South Carolina House Judiciary subcommittee approved H. 3930 late last week in a meeting lasting only minutes and without input from two Democrats who could not attend.
The bill was introduced just two days before the subcommittee vote by lead sponsor Rep. Mike Pitts of Laurens.
Pitts was the only subcommittee member to comment during the meeting.
The bill is similar to a measure backed by Pitts that gained full House approval last year but failed in the Senate.
Senators also overwhelmingly rejected similar so-called “Constitutional carry” legislation in 2014.
Right now, 31 states allow the unconcealed carrying of guns, and they also allow owners to do so without a permit, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
But the proposed legislation still concerns even some gun owners who have permits. Jeff Diehl is one of them. He runs a restaurant called Chickadee’s in Columbia, where he welcomes gun owners with CWP’s, but feels open carry could be dangerous and bad for business.
“That’s an open gun,” Diehl said. “That’s not a police officer. Nothing that says police officer. That’s scary to me. Let’s get out of here. Let’s fight, let’s run, let’s panic. Whatever. To me, it’s inherently dangerous, whether it’s a restaurant or hospital.”
There are some who love their enslavement to the state. They traffic in hysteria, and they revel in contradiction such as a concealed handgun isn’t dangerous but an openly carried one is. And those people use tactics like this to shame gun carriers who desire to carry openly.
You understand that, don’t you? Laws against open carry are for the purpose of shaming. I don’t disparage concealed carry, and I do it myself under certain circumstances. I would rather it be customary to openly carry at all times, because I believe that’s more gentlemanly and well-bred, while it’s ill-bred, pedestrian, ill mannered and coarse to conceal weapons. You may disagree, but that’s my position and it is incorrigible. I only do it sometimes to avoid the kerfuffle with people who want to shame gun owners, just like the man in the article.
Laws against open carry are bigoted, prejudiced, vengeful, ill tempered and spiteful. Oppose such laws and don’t be like those people. And point out to anyone who makes remarks like Mr. Diehl that he is attempting to shame peaceable, good men for no reason other than the hatred in his own heart. You should be able to carry concealed if that’s your wish. So too open carriers should be able to carry openly. It’s a matter of minding one’s own business, another characteristic of well bred and educated men.