Amendments to S.C. Concealed Carry Law

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the governor signed S.308, the Concealed Carry Reform Bill, which modifies our concealed carry statute to allow CWP holders to carry firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol, unless the establishment itself prohibits it.  The text of the Bill can be found here.

CWP holders still cannot drink alcohol while carrying, and further amendments include stiffer penalties for a person who illegally carries a gun into an establishment that sells alcohol – now a misdemeanor that carries up to two years imprisonment (illegally carrying a gun otherwise is a misdemeanor that carries up to one year in prison).

It also says that a person who is convicted of violating this section who has their CWP must have their CWP revoked for five years.  Of course, if you are convicted of a crime that potentially carries a year or more in prison, you’re not going to have a CWP anymore anyway, so I’m not sure what the point is.  If you are convicted of a violation, unless you later receive a pardon, your CWP is revoked forever, not just for five years.

Other amendments to the law make it easier for military personnel and retired law enforcement officers to obtain their permits, and, although it simplifies the renewal process, CWP’s now must be renewed after five years instead of ten.

The amendment to allow CWP holders to carry in restaurants brings South Carolina into line with most of the other states – it just doesn’t make sense to prevent a responsible CWP holder from carrying in restaurants when they are not drinking themselves, and this was an important fix in my opinion.


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