Local restaurants, bars lack no-carry signs
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 12:00 AM
It's been seven weeks since state officials passed a gun bill allowing licensed concealed-weapon owners to carry guns into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.
A family enters the front doors of a Greenwood restaurant Monday afternoon. Concealed carry permit-holding customers of South Carolina restaurants and bars may carry their concealed weapon into establishments that serve food and alcohol, provided they do not consume alcohol while carrying their gun.
(Matt Bruce | Index-Journal)
Yet nearly two months after the legislation went into effect, area bar owners seem to have taken little notice of the measure that allows patrons to enter their establishments with concealed weapons.
An informal survey of several Greenwood bars over the past week revealed mixed reactions among bar owners regarding the newly minted gun reform bill. While some were mildly supportive of the measure, others said they were adamantly against it.
Yet none of the area establishments visited this week had signs or posters displayed that would preclude gun owners from being able to carry concealed weapons onto their premises.
Senate Bill 308, nicknamed the "restaurant carry bill," passed the General Assembly by a final vote of 90-18 earlier this year. The bill officially went into the books when Gov. Nikki Haley signed it into effect Feb. 11.
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