COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — People with concealed weapon permits could soon be able to carry their guns into South Carolina’s restaurants and bars.
The 100-12 vote in the House on Tuesday would allow the measure to become law before this year’s legislative session ends.
The bill would allow permit holders to keep their weapon with them when they go out to dinner or enter a bar, but makes it illegal to consume alcohol when they do so.
It would also give business owners the right to ban concealed carry on their property by posting signs against it.
The bill faces a perfunctory vote in the House before returning to the Senate. That chamber’s version set a curfew.
It continues to ban concealed guns between midnight and 5 a.m. from businesses that serve alcohol.
Neither state law nor the state’s tax code distinguishes between bars and restaurants.
The discussion featured a political twist: the House’s top Democrat touting the expanded gun rights bill, and a Republican arguing against it.
Rep. B.R. Skelton, R-Six Mile, said alcohol and guns do not mix. While he believes in the Second Amendment, he said, he’s concerned that…