Governor Haley signs bill that allows concealed guns in restaurants, bars

Haley signs S.308 into law Tuesday.



y, Governor Nikki Haley signed Senate Bill 308, which allows gun owners with Concealed Weapons Permits (CWPs) to carry firearms in establishments that serve alcohol.

The person carrying the firearm is not allowed to consume alcohol.

The law gives business owners the right to ban concealed weapons on their property by posting signs against it.

Haley was joined at the bill signing by Senator Sean Bennett, Representative Mike Pitts, and Anthony Roulette, the South Carolina liaison for the National Rifle Association.

The bill also:

- Removes proof of residency requirements and expands the range of acceptable photo identification that may be used when applying for a CWP.

- Eliminates the 8-hour training requirement for a handgun course, but maintains the topics that must be covered in that class.

- Waives training requirements for individuals that can prove they have completed military basic training or is a retired law enforcement officer that proves graduation from the CJA.

- Deletes the assumption of applicant endorsement by a local sheriff if the sheriff chooses not to comment on a CWP application.

- Simplifies the permit renewal process, eliminates fingerprint checks for renewals, and increases the renewal time to five years.

- Allows SLED to engage in electronic communication with an applicant.