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South Carolina Could Soon Recognize Georgia Concealed Carry Permits, Enabling Reciprocity

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SOUTH CAROLINA — New legislation that would allow Georgia concealed carry permit holders to carry in South Carolina is making it’s way through the house. House Bill 3799 would also allow South Carolina permit holders to carry in Georgia, since the new reciprocity would allow this under Georgia law.

Currently, permit holders in Georgia can bring their firearms into South Carolina, providing they are locked up in the glove compartment or trunk. They are also able to take them into hotels if they get the ‘ok’ from that hotel.

Under the new proposed legislation, Georgia permit holders would be allowed to carry anywhere a South Carolina permit holder can carry.

Of course, others are feeling uneasy about the pending legislation, calling it an easier way for criminals to get their hands on firearms.

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That part of the law [reciprocity with Georgia] worries Melinda Ennis of Georgia GunSense, a nonprofit coalition that works to reduce gun violence. It could lead to more criminals getting their hands on firearms, Ennis says.

“The slippage you could get with reciprocity of criminals going from one state to another until they find a place where they can get a gun easily creates this problem, and we just don’t see the need for it, and we think it’s a dangerous policy,” Ennis says.

What Ennis seems to be forgetting is that criminals don’t follow the law. If they did, they wouldn’t be classified as criminals. Allowing law-abiding citizens the chance to legally defend themselves in a neighboring state is all that’s going on here.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • ray32158

    Can they do the same with Pennsylvania. Then after I get through Mary-land I can have my pistol on me all the way to Florida.

    • Tom Smith

      I am wondering the same thing. Now only if MD would get awake which I doubt will never happen

  • Imjingo

    Her entire statement in incoherent nonsense. “The slippage you could get with reciprocity of criminals going from one state to another,,,”. Good grief, these people just just grab a handful of you know what and throw it at the wall to see if it will stick!

  • RamRoddoc

    Melinda Ennis thinks anyone with a gun is a “criminal” and her interpretation of reducing gun violence is restricting, prohibiting, banning and confiscating legal guns of legal gun owners.

    She as well as those like-minded clearly ignore the true and honest impact on public safety from 1986 of 8 shall carry states to today most states have shall carry or liberal gun laws for their honest citizens.

    The armed citizen is often the “first responder”, shoots more criminals and less innocents than cops and there is no stronger deterrent to violent crime. They are a force multiplier that have only had a positive impact on crime.

    And what has Melinda been promoting? Scrutinized honestly and armed victims live longer and suffer less injuries and the post Sandy Hook 2013 EO “gun violence” panel concluded that as well, but you won’t hear about it because it fails to serve their ban agenda.

  • Gun Pecan

    Not to nitpick but Georgia has a weapons carry license not a concealed license. Georgia doesn’t require the holder of the license to carry the weapon in a concealed manner

  • John

    I live in Georgia and have decided against staying at Hilton Head on vacation because SC does not allow me to conceal carry. Instead, Florida got my vacation dollars. There is no good reason for two neighboring southern states with strong firearm cultures, not to have a reciprocity agreement.

    • GunsBlazin

      Well, to be fair, Georgia doesn’t honor our SC permit either. I do agree it is idiotic for them not to honor each others permits given both states border each other and both have strong gun cultures. Unfortunately the only thing we can do is complain to the dumb politicians in each state.