Governor Signs New Gun Law for Open Carry

By Bo Beard | May 21, 2024

The bill

Gun owners in South Carolina marked a significant moment on Tuesday as Governor Henry McMaster showcased a new law allowing any legal adult to openly carry a gun without a permit.
 

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The bill reached McMaster's desk just 12 days prior, and he wasted no time in signing it upon arrival. The permit for open carry was swiftly approved, raising concerns about the potential consequences of this decision.
 

Supporters of the law

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During the Statehouse event, supporters of the law were celebrated for their efforts, with the Republican governor expressing his satisfaction with the progress made. This law brings about notable changes, impacting how law enforcement operates. Guns are now permitted to be anywhere within a vehicle, from the dashboard to the cup holder, rather than being concealed in a console or glove compartment.