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Some Lawmakers Want OK to Bring Guns into South Carolina Statehouse

Proposed bill would allow lawmakers to carry concealed weapons into the Statehouse. Proposed bill would allow lawmakers to carry concealed weapons into the Statehouse.

By Colleen Casselton

     South Carolina lawmakers may soon be able to bring firearms onto the State House grounds and into other publicly owned buildings, including schools. 

     A bill that would allow lawmakers to carry concealed weapons onto the Capitol grounds will be discussed in a House subcommittee on Thursday. 

     Currently lawmakers, and most other people cannot carry firearms anywhere on State House property, including the parking garage.  Spartanburg State Rep. Keith Kelly wrote the bill last year after realizing twelve other categories of state employees can carry firearms into public buildings.

     The bill would still require that lawmakers have a concealed weapons permit to carry on public grounds. 

     Some officials do not support the decision, saying with the current $5.3 million security update for the State House, lawmakers should have no need to bring guns to protect themselves. 

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