South Carolina: Open Carry Bill Passes Critical Vote

South Carolina is inching closer to allowing open carry for CWP holders. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( Yesterday, the South Carolina House voted 82-33 to advance House Bill 3094 after the second reading. HB 3094 still faces a third reading before the House can vote to pass it. The progress so far has been made possible by Rep. Bobby Cox showing his strong leadership and unwavering commitment to the Second Amendment by guiding this bill. Substantial amendments were unnecessary, as a standalone constitutional carry bill is also working its way through the legislative process and, in a press conference today, pro-gun lawmakers affirmed their commitment to pass it.

House Bill 3094 allows 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 does 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.

NRA also thanks the representatives who voted in favor of this bill that clearly advances the Second Amendment right to self-defense in South Carolina by recognizing that citizens should be able to choose how they wish to defend themselves. If your state representative voted to advance HB 3094 from second reading, you may click the button below to thank them.

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WI Patriot

One step closer…


Hopefully, at a minimum, we get open carry with a permit this year. Though I am unlikely to use OC much if any, I like having the option and the legal protection from unintentional exposure that it will provide. I also hope we get Constitutional Carry. That will be even better but if not, we will keep badgering our Legislators until they do the right thing.

Ryben Flynn

Hoping for it. Every Summer when it gets hot and humid, I head to North Carolina to shop where I can open carry. I live near the Border and Whiteville is only 20 minutes away. Why should I get dripping wet sweating because I have to conceal my gun? Especially along the coast in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach.


We need a permit to purchase pistols in NC and to conceal carry a pistol but can open carry by law, hope our friends in SC are successful in passing open carry.