Palmetto Gun Rights Celebrates Senate Judiciary Committee’s Passage of Constitutional Carry Bill

On May 9, 2023, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed S.109, South Carolina’s Constitutional Carry bill by a 12-11 vote. The bill must be passed before the full Senate prior to Sine Dine, which is May 11. 

“27 other states have passed Constitutional Carry laws, South Carolina needs to step up,” declared Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “The fundamental right to keep and bear arms must be restored. It’s time for South Carolina to pass Constitutional Carry.”

“Gun owners have waited long enough,” declared Tommy Dimsdale, Executive Director of Palmetto Gun Rights. “Enough delays, enough stalling, no more excuses. The South Carolina legislature must pass Constitutional Carry this session or face the music from gun owners at the polls.”

Dimsdale continued, “Anti-gun Senators like Luke Rankin have been denying South Carolinians of their Second Amendment rights for years, I’m glad to see the Senate Judiciary Committee has stopped dragging their feet.”

Constitutional Carry is the simple concept that any lawful gun owner can legally carry a firearm, open or concealed, without having to obtain a government permit.

Since 2010, the National Association for Gun Rights has played an integral role in passing 25 Constitutional Carry bills. Should S. 109 become law, South Carolina would join the likes Florida and Nebraska, which became the 26th and 27th states, respectively, in recent months. 

South Carolina is ranked the 23rd most gun-owner friendly state according to Guns & Ammo magazine’s best states for gun owners rankings. In sum, it still has work to do as far as improving its pro-gun profile is concerned. 

Passing Constitutional Carry will undoubtedly make the state a much more gun-friendly jurisdiction. 

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