South Carolina’s Republican governor, Nikki Haley, has announced that she will sign i to law a bill which will allow gun owners to bring loaded firearms into businesses that serve alcohol.
The bill, which was passed by the South Carolina state senate last month, will allow anyone with a concealed weapon permit to bring a gun into a bar or restaurant, on the condition that they do not drink alcohol. It remains to be seen how this rule will be enforced.
Any business that does not wish to have gun-toting patrons getting liquored up on its premises will be allowed to put up signs barring entry to those carrying a firearm.
According to Freakoutnation.com the bill is likely to represent a waste of time and capital since most bars will be concerned about their own liability:
[box type=”shadow”]”Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin said he believes most bars will put up signs banning weapons, so the bill wouldn’t really let guns in bars. He says they’ll do that for liability purposes and because people who can’t legally drink would just take up space.”[/box]