In South Carolina, Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill Tuesday that permits people with Concealable Weapons Permits to carry their firearms into SC bars and restaurants.

Under the law patrons would not be allowed to drink alcohol and carry weapons.

“This is not a guns in bars bill, it was never a guns in bars bill. It is illegal to carry and consume alcohol. It was yesterday, it will be tomorrow,” Governor Haley said. “If a restaurant does allow concealed weapons, a criminal is less likely to go into a restaurant knowing that there are people who are protecting themselves,”

Businesses in South Carolina retain the right to ban patrons from carrying weapons into their establishments.

Additionally, the bill:

  • 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 CWP handgun course, but maintains the topics that must be covered in that class.
  • Waives the CWP training requirements for individuals that can prove they have completed military basic training or are a retired law enforcement officer that can prove graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
  • 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.


The new law stands in stark contrast to calls from the left for more gun control in the wake of the terrorist attack in Orlando, FL.