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South Carolina becomes 29th state in nation to adopt permitless carry

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South Carolina recently joined the ranks as the 29th state in the nation to embrace permitless carry. Effective March 7th, 2024, both open carry and concealed carry are lawful without a permit for individuals aged 18 or older, provided they are not prohibited by law. Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina signed the permitless carry legislation into law, making it the second state this month to enact constitutional carry gun laws, following Louisiana.

Permitless carry, also known as constitutional carry or unrestricted carry, entails a legal framework rooted in the Second Amendment. It recognizes the individual's freedom to carry concealed firearms without the need for a government-issued permit or license. In states with permitless carry laws, unprohibited individuals can exercise their right to self-defense without undergoing background checks or completing training requirements typically associated with obtaining a concealed carry permit.

These laws align with the principles outlined in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right to bear arms.  Permitless carry advocates emphasize individual liberty and the ability of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves without governmental interference.

By removing barriers to firearm ownership and carrying, permitless carry laws empower individuals to exercise their constitutional rights without the need for government approval. This shift in legislation reflects a broader trend towards expanding firearm rights and promoting personal responsibility in matters of self-defense. Now, over half of the states in the country have embraced permitless carry laws.


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