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SC House OKs bill ending permits to carry concealed weapons

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

A bill that would allow South Carolina residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit has passed the House.

Supporters of getting rid of concealed weapons permits amended a bill Thursday allowing permits from Georgia to be accepted in South Carolina. The changed bill was approved on a 90-18 vote.

Rep. Mike Pitts introduced the amendment. The Laurens Republican says it is a good compromise because people would still have to keep their guns hidden from view in public, but would not have to go through hours of training for a constitutional right.

A bill that would have allowed people to openly carry guns without a permit was killed last year by a Senate committee.

Opponents of the bill say training is important to safely carry a gun.

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