Lawmakers Pass Bill To Allow Guns In Bars and Restaurants

11:00 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - For some, guns and alcohol are not a good mix. But it could soon become law in our state.

A bill overwhelmingly passed the state house today that would allow concealed weapon permit holder to carry their weapons in restaurants and bars.

There is some concern among bar owners about lawmakers passing a bill that would allow someone to bring their concealed weapon into their bar. The law says that the person with the weapon can't drink alcohol but owners say it still brings up some safety concerns.

"Guns have no place in a bar," said Alex Waelde, Owner of Sharky's Bar in Five Points.

Waelde does not agree with lawmakers allowing concealed weapons in bars and restaurants.

"I'm all for the right to bear arms but there are certain situations where we need to be realistic and worry about actual safety."

"I am 100% for it," said Bradley Morgan, Owner of Breakers Bar and Grill.

Morgan says personally he is ok with the law.

"I don't think there is a problem in the world if someone goes into a restaurant and is carrying and is being responsible and they are eating dinner with their family, I think that's great," said Morgan.

But as a business owner he says his decision to allow concealed weapons permit holders in his bar will be up to what his customers are comfortable with.

"I think that it's a statement by the state of South Carolina that says they are not taking away our rights and they are not going to fringe upon the second amendment."

If someone is caught drinking while having a concealed weapon on them they will be fined 2,000 dollars and have their permit suspended for five years.

Waelde says even if the person isn't drinking it still poses a major safety risk.

"What if a drunk person grabs your gun, what if it's a situation where you might just have two guys fighting over a girl and what we are going to bring a gun into the mix, it just doesn't sound like a good idea," said Waelde.

The bill is now on Governor Haley's desk all she has to do is sign it into law.












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