A bill that would allow perhaps thousands of out-of-staters to carry concealed weapons in South Carolina came under fire Thursday from a lawmaker who charged the bill would be unfair to S.C. residents and make them less safe.
â€œThis will make our citizens second-class citizens,â€ said Rep. James Smith, D-Richland, who opposed the bill at an S.C. House Judiciary subcommittee hearing.
lolIf the bill passes, a teen from Alabama â€" a state that allows 18-year-olds to carry concealed weapons without any training or gun safety requirements â€" could come to South Carolina with a legally hidden powerful .50 caliber handgun, Smith said.
Also at Thursdayâ€™s meeting were members of MomsDemandAction, a group that urges gun safety measures. That group opposes Clemmonsâ€™ bill because it would lower state gun safety standards. â€œOur standards in South Carolina are excellent,â€ said Sylvie Dessau.