SC Bill Allowing Guns In Bars Awaits Gov. Haley's Signature - WSPA.com

SC Bill Allowing Guns In Bars Awaits Gov. Haley's Signature

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -  People with concealed weapon permits are a signature away from being able to bring their gun into a restaurant or bar in South Carolina.

Business owners can still refuse customers carrying guns if they post a sign in the doorway.
    
The House's 90-18 vote Thursday means the bill advances to Gov. Nikki Haley.

Her office who says she'll support open-carry legislation.
    
The bill makes it illegal for people to drink alcohol while carrying. Anyone caught would have the permit revoked for five years, plus face up to two years in prison and a $2,000 fine. Businesses can post a sign barring weapons.
    
GOP Rep. Mike Pitts of Laurens says the bill allows law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves while eating dinner, in case a criminal comes in and starts shooting.
    
Opponents say mixing guns and alcohol invites problems.

David Blanton, a concealed weapons permit instructor in Boiling Springs, said that allowing the guns in bars is not a good idea.

"As a retired police officer, going into a bar with a gun is an accident waiting for a place to happen," Blanton said.

There is a penalty for drinking while having a gun. That could include fines, jail time and revocation of your weapons permit.

The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.
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