Facts on Open Carry
Contrary to a May 7 letter writer’s assertions in a letter in the Sunday post – the proposed “Open Carry” legislation addresses only Concealable Weapons; those are defined as handguns that are 12 inches in length or less.
I don’t think he will find any laws regulating the open carrying of rifles and shotguns for non-criminal purposes in the South Carolina code. So the (AK-15s) about which he is concerned are not illegal to carry now – and how many people has he observed doing that?
I wonder too, if he is aware that 31 other states DO allow open carry? Are South Carolinians so childlike or undisciplined as to not be trusted as lawful gun owners elsewhere?
Interesting too I guess he is consolidating AR-15 and AK-47 into his catchall AR-47. The AR (Armalite Rifle) was designed in the USA and the AK (Avtomat Kalashnikova) designed in the USSR which are available to civilians in the USA are non-military semi-automatic rifles that fire only once each time the trigger is depressed like many other modern sporting rifles. The military versions are the full automatics seen on TV and the Movies – many confuse drama with reality – – a common error.
It was, is, and will be illegal to carry or use a firearm with criminal intent or use in a crime. Nothing in the proposed Law changes that. All the changes are directed to law-abiding gun owners
It was and will continue to be illegal to carry a firearm and consume alcoholic beverages in a place that sells alcohol for consumption on the premises.
Thomas E Clark