The restaurant carry bill S308 passed a senate subcommittee today to be voted on by the state assembly. Currently, South Carolina law prohibits concealed weapons (CWP) holders to carry in restaurants that serve alcohol. If the restaurant carry bill passes, it will allow concealed weapons (CWP) holders to carry in restaurants that serve alcohol as long as they do not consume alcoholic beverages.
Pro gun groups like Palmetto Gun Rights objected to the penalty if a concealed weapons (CWP) holder is caught consuming alcoholic beverages while carrying. Many citizens testified stating that they feel they should have the right to have a glass of wine with the meal while exercising their Second Amendment right. Those on the subcommittee agreed, but felt that if they amended that part of the bill it could possibly die in the senate.
Here are the five members of the subcommittee and their contact information:
Senator Shane Massey (chairman) (803) 212-6024
Senator Katrina Shealy (803) 212-6056 (bill sponsor)
Senator Creighton Coleman (803) 212-6032
Senator Sean Bennett (803) 212-6116 (bill sponsor)
Senator Floyd Nicholson (803) 212-6000