Well, other than higher mountains, more people, and more area, you mean?
North Carolina has open carry as a constitutional right thanks to the NC Supreme Court’s 1922 decision in State v. Kerner. South Carolinians have been fighting to get open carry as a constitutional right.
It looks like thanks to the SC State Senate that their fight will continue on even longer. An amendment to the bill that would allow open carry with a permit was defeated yesterday 25-21.
Several Republican leaders in the Senate weren’t ready to go as far as open carry without a permit.
“I think training and background checks are important,” said Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, a Republican from Edgefield.
Senators expected to debate well into Wednesday night. Once the day is finished, there are four more days left in the General Assembly’s session.
Gun rights groups have made open carry a priority for years and put extra pressure on senators after Republicans won an extra three seats in the 2020 elections.
Opponents of the open carry bill include a number of current law enforcement leaders, including State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel, and the police chiefs and sheriffs in some of the state’s largest population centers.
South Carolina is one of only five states without some type of open carry law, joining atypical partners such as California, Florida, Illinois and New York.
I feel bad for South Carolinians on this. However, part of me is somewhat amused by it. The amusement comes because South Carolina has always been considered the epitome of gentility unlike us ruffians in “vale of humility” called North Carolina. Old court cases in the 1800s held that only ruffians, scofflaws, and the like carried concealed whereas gentlemen carried their arms openly.