NRA-ILA: South Carolina Open Carry Bill In Legislature

South Carolina Open Carry
Rep. Bobby Cox introduced House Bill 3094 allowing SC citizens with a concealed carry license to open carry. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( For the 2021 legislative session, Representative Bobby Cox (R-19) introduced House Bill 3094 to allow citizens who hold a concealed weapons permit to carry a handgun in the manner they choose. Currently, South Carolina is one of just five states that do not explicitly allow open carry, among them Illinois, New York, and California. Self-defense situations are difficult to predict and everyone has different circumstances. It is unreasonable for the law to impose a one-size-fits-all method of carrying a handgun for self-defense.

Back in 2016, Texas legalized open carry of handguns by carry permit holders. Despite the usual objections to open carry and prediction of lawlessness by those who oppose self-defense and the right-to-carry in any form, the implementation was uneventful, and law-abiding citizens continued to behave as law-abiding citizens.

While H. 3094 has not yet been scheduled for a committee hearing, we are told there will be one coming up soon. Please stay tuned to and your email inbox for further updates.

About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Constitutional Carry, as the creator of inalienable human rights and the second amendment affirms, would be better served, however, this is start in the right direction. Let us get this done Palmetto State!


Hear, Hear!


Hello? NRA? Same thing is on the slate in WA. But in reverse. Pay attention.

Last edited 1 year ago by jukk0u

As one of the open carry few, I endorse this effort. It is not just concealed carry people who pay taxes.

Ryben Flynn

The last time this was filed in the Legislature some anti-gun Democrat threated to shoot the Representative who filed it and he withdrew it. The irony.
I think it was two years ago.


I fully support Constitutional Carry and yes, Constitutional Carry is preferable to this small token of love to the gun carrying public. THAT SAID, ANY measure that increases or expands our ability to legally carry is good and has my support. This one is included in that category. While I would rarely if ever carry openly, I like giving citizens that option. There are many reasons for OC, especially in a hot, humid, state like South Carolina. Take the farmer or other land owner with property on both sides of a road. If he is open carrying in summer on… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Grigori

why spend time on this. Constitutional carry is what they should be working on. Oh by the way, 1372 days until we can vote for Donald Trump again. Lets straighten out this voting mess.
Oh, Did you invest 1.5 million of your dollars in Tesla the day before biden announced all federal vehicles would be electric like pelosi did?
Ya, I didn’t get the memo either. But, it’s not considered insider trading if our congress and president do it, right!!!!


Why do you want to vote for politicians who support and enact arms control?