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Senate approves concealed guns in restaurants

COLUMBIA (AP) — People with concealed weapon permits in could soon be able to carry their guns into South Carolina businesses that serve alcohol.

The Senate amended a bill Thursday that allows permit holders to keep their weapon with them when they go out to dinner or enter a bar but bans them from drinking alcohol. The measure also gives business owners the right to ban concealed weapons on their property by posting signs against it.

The vote returned the measure to the House, which approved it last year 100-12.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin believes most bars will put up signs banning weapons, so the bill wouldn’t really let guns in bars. He says they’ll do that for liability purposes and because people who can’t legally drink would just take up space.


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