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.