SC Legislature approves guns in restaurants bill
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:27:18 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- People with concealed weapon permits are a signature away from being able to bring their gun into a restaurant or bar in South Carolina, if there's no sign against it.
The House's 90-18 vote Thursday sends the bill to Gov. Nikki Haley, who says she'll sign any gun bill that doesn't restrict rights.
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.