SC senators pass bill allowing open gun carry with a permit

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South Carolina Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, speaks against a bill that would allow people to carry guns openly in the state if they have a concealed weapons permit on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. Kimpson wanted to amend the bill to require completed background checks on every gun purchase. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins).

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators have approved a bill allowing people with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns in the open.

The Senate voted 28-16 on Thursday on so-called open carry bill after about a dozen hours of debate over three days.

The proposal allows so-called open carry of guns for people who undergo training and background checks to carry guns hidden under a jacket or other clothing.

Senators made changes to the bill so it will head back to the House which passed it in March.

The changes include eliminating a $50 charge from t he State Law Enforcement Division to get a permit.

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