SC: Luke Rankin Schedules Senate Hearing for Open Carry with Training

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SC: Luke Rankin Schedules Senate Subcommittee Hearing for Open Carry with Training

U.S.A.-( A breakthrough may be happening in South Carolina’s move to incrementally restore Second Amendment rights.

In past history, some Second Amendment supporters have seen the Senate Judiciary Committee as the place where the Senate leadership places bills to restore Second Amendment rights to die. The mechanism is simple. Do not schedule a hearing or a vote on such bills until it is too late to pass them in the legislature or to get them to the Governor for signature.  Second Amendment activist, James Moffitt wrote, on 24 March, about the Senate Judiciary Committee:

This is typically where most 2A friendly bills go to die. Everyone reading this should be contacting the Senate Judiciary committee members now. I can guarantee you Moms Demand Action will be filling up their inboxes and flooding their voice mail. The time for action is NOW!!

Senatore Luke Rankin took over the chairmanship of the Judiciary committee in 2017.

Larry A. Martin was chair of the Judiciary Committee from 2011 to 2016. Martin was credited with killing Constitutional Carry, because it authorized open carry, in 2014. From an article by this correspondent:

Senator Larry Martin is credited with killing S115 in South Carolina last year.  He had this to say, according to WLTX: 

“You can carry a weapon openly if this bill is adopted and I’m offended by that,” said committee chair Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens).

Senator Larry Martin was defeated in a Republican primary in 2016 by Rex Rice. Senator Rice was on a Senate Judiciary subcommittee in  2018.  S 0449 was the Constitutional Carry Bill in play in 2018. The bill was heard in the subcommittee, then it died. The 2018 subcommittee had Senators Malloy (ch), Fanning, Goldfinch, Rice, and Senn as members.

Senator Rice had been a primary sponsor of S 0449.

Chairman Rankin had not scheduled a hearing for either the open carry with training bill, H3094, or the Constitutional Carry bill, H 3096, as of 23 April, 2021. That has changed. A subcommittee has been scheduled on H3094 (open carry with training) for a hearing on the 27th of April. The subcommittee is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.The subcommittee can kill the bill or keep it alive. From

Tuesday, April 279:30 am — Gressette Room 105 — Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on H.3094

(Contact Info: 803-212-6627)
Live Broadcast
Live Broadcast – Audio Only

REVISIONS: Meeting added with agenda in PDF format on 04/23/2021 at 11:15 am
Scheduled for Live Broadcast on 04/23/2021 at 11:20 am

In 2021, the subcommittee members have changed to Young (ch), Malloy, Massey, Kimpson, Garrett. Without detailed knowledge of the internal politics of the Senate Republicans and the Judiciary Committee, it is hard to know what this portends.

Bills that restore Second Amendment rights are often opposed by establishment politicians. All the tools of legislative procedure are used to kill bills without showing the responsibility for doing so.

The responsibility for H3094 and H3096 rests squarely with Senator Luke Rankin. His past history indicates he may pass open carry with training, and may kill Constitutional carry. A third option would be to pass open carry with training this year and hold Constitutional Carry to await developments in 2022.

The hearing on H3094 will tell us much about whether the bill has a chance of passing this year. There is limited time in each session. The longer a bill sits without passage, the less likely is passage.

Second Amendment Supporters are lobbying for support of H3094 in the Senate sub-committee.

South Carolina is one of only five states that ban the open carry of handguns in public places.  It is worthwhile for the Second Amendment supporters to reduce that number to four. A ban on open carry is an outlier in the history of gun laws.

South Carolina does not appear to have instituted the ban on both open and concealed carry until 1962.

Earlier South Carolina banned slaves “going armed” with any weapon (1855), and restricted handgun sales to law enforcement (1902).

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Dean Weingarten

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There is no training stipulation in the 2nd Amendment.

Ryben Flynn

If they kill it again, we SC gun owners that live close to the NC Border should start shopping in NC. I live near Loris and started shopping in Whiteville for taxable goods because I can Open Carry with NO PERMIT, the Sales Tax is lower and the travel distance is not much farther than going to Conway or North Myrtle Beach. I still buy food in SC because some NC counties, maybe all, still tack on a 2% food tax even though the State does not. The loss to SC may only be $100 a year from me, but… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Ryben Flynn

Thank you Dean, as always for this info. As today’s subcommittee meeting as already occurred, does anyone have the scoop on how it went?


Aww sh*t! Looks like the Senate is up to their old tricks again, d*cking us around because they are our rulers and know so much better what is good for us than we do.

Ryben Flynn

Maybe this is a bit off topic, but I just got an email from a company I have bought several 80% Cerro forged 7075-T6 lowers from in the past. The price went from $40 to $100.