If you’re the governor of South Carolina, which has the eighth-highest death mortality rate in the country due to gun violence according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, how do you go about addressing the problem? Simple: make it easier and cheaper for your citizens strap some heat to their hips in public.
Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, saying he hoped South Carolina could “continue to be … a great example for the rest of the country,” on Friday held a ceremonial bill signing event at a Greenville state armory at which he fired rounds from several weapons with Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette and the bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Bobby Cox, a Greenville Republican. The legislation he signed eliminates a $50 fee for concealable weapons permits and requires handgun education courses.
“This is a good day for South Carolina,” said McMaster. “It is a happy day for law-abiding citizens.” “Owning a firearm is the protected right of every American citizen and today we join 45 other states in expanding our Second Amendment rights by allowing those with concealed weapons permits to openly carry a firearm,” McMaster tweeted Friday.
McMaster’s gun show on Friday was designed purely to attract media attention. He already had signed into law The Open Carry with Training Act. The law takes effect on Sunday and will allow people with permits to openly carry their handguns. The state already allows people to openly carry rifles and other long guns without permits.
Florida, California, New York and Illinois are the only states without a similar law.