South Carolina Nikki Haley has signed into law legislation allowing gun owners to bring loaded firearms into businesses that serve alcohol.
The Republican chief executive recently said she backed the bill, which was passed by the South Carolina state Senate last month, The State reports. The new law allows anyone with a concealed weapon permit to bring a gun into a bar or restaurant, on the condition that they do not drink alcohol.
But businesses do not have to allow guns on their property. They can opt out by posting signs announcing they prohibit concealed weapons. Also, patrons carrying guns must leave the business if asked.
Not everyone thinks this is a good idea. The South Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is denouncing the new law and vowing to ensure businesses in South Carolina are fully educated about their right to prohibit firearms.
"Rather than addressing South Carolina's epidemic of gun violence and the devastating impact it is having on our citizens, our elected officials are passing dangerous legislation that is anti-business and anti-tourism," said Erin Dando, South Carolina chapter leader of Moms Demand Action. "This law will endanger our families and communities by allowing minimally trained civilians to carry concealed, loaded guns in dining establishments."
Via The State.