Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A bill that would allow South Carolinian's to carry guns without a concealed weapons permit did not make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.
Sen. John Scott (D-Richland) put forward a motion to table the bill, which would have prevented it from moving forward, but the motion did not pass.
The bill would not eliminate the concealed weapons permit process, but would eliminate a requirement to have a cwp license to carry a gun.
"This bill plainly says if you're a violent criminal you can't carry," said Sen. Lee Bright (R-Greenville) responding to critics on the committee. "When you throw out things like criminals, you're talking about people make mistakes in their lives."
Bright put forward the bill he says because requiring citizens to pay to carry a gun is an infringement on the second amendment of the constitution.
"You can carry a weapon openly if this bill is adopted and I'm offended by that," said committee chair Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens).
The committee voted in favor of a motion to carry the bill, meaning it will get further discussion in a future meeting.
"This is the right to self defense," Bright said. "We sit up here in this ivory tower here in the South Carolina Senate and decide who and who can not defend themselves."