South Carolina Republicans introduce the "National Concealed Weapons Permit Reciprocity Act"

Two South Carolina Republicans have introduced a bill that would do away with the very minor regulations currently on the books regarding visitors with concealed carry permits from so-called “reciprocal states.”

As the law now stands, a resident of one of these reciprocal states may carry a concealed weapon in South Carolina as long as that person passes a background check and a firearms training and safety course in order to have their out-of-state permit honored. It also expands the number of states from which a concealed carrier would be allowed to carry a weapon in South Carolina by adding states that recognize South Carolina permits to the current list of reciprocal states.

The bill, H 4314, would also eliminate the 21 year old age limit for concealed carry for members of the military or National Guard.

The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

The South Carolina legislature has not yet voted on a graded piece of firearms legislation this session, but Republicans have an 80-44 advantage in the House.