It’s Official! You Can Now Carry a Loaded Weapon into a Bar in South Carolina

smokin-acesI understand that as an American we are all given the right to “bear arms” because our Second Amendment guarantees it.  Sure, there’s the argument made by some that the Second Amendment only meant for the purpose of a “well-regulated militia,” but our Supreme Court has consistently sided with the right for the average citizen to own guns.

It’s a right I support.  Though I strongly disagree with the gun nuts who oppose almost all sensible regulations against firearms.

That being said, under no circumstance should ordinary citizens take loaded guns into bars.


And don’t give me the nonsense about “people needing to protect themselves” when it comes to mixing alcohol with firearms.

But that’s exactly what was signed into law by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Citizens with concealed handgun licenses will now be allowed to carry guns with them into places that serve food and alcohol.  Oh, with the stipulation that they can’t drink while being armed.

Because, you know, people always follow the law when it comes to alcohol consumption, right?  After all, that’s why underage drinking and DUI arrests aren’t problems in this country.

This law does give businesses the right to post signs prohibiting the carrying of firearms inside their establishment.  Though that provision then puts the choice on businesses, many of which might face pressure from patrons, to make the choice on whether or not to prohibit guns.

I can already see the gun nuts saying things like, “Don’t give your business to (fill in bar’s name), they’re out to restrict your Second Amendment rights!”

Who really believes this is a good idea?  I support the right for Americans to own guns, but to carry them in bars?  Come on.

Just because you have the right to own guns doesn’t mean every regulation that prohibits a citizen from having a gun at a particular time is a bad idea.

I’ve been to plenty of bars, and have even been in a couple of bar-room confrontations myself (in my younger years of course), and the last thing I’d want involved in any of those would be some drunk idiot having easy access to a loaded gun.

I just can’t see any form of common sense being involved in allowing people to have loaded guns inside of bars full of people who are drinking alcohol.  If we’re not supposed to drink and drive (and again, telling people they can’t carry and drink isn’t going to stop everyone from doing so) because of the impact alcohol has on our decision making, it makes absolutely no sense to increase the risk that someone might be drunk and using a loaded gun.

It’s as if these people are determined to take our society back to the days of the Wild West when everyone carried around a gun cradled in a belt holster at all times.

And it’s unfair to put this decision on business owners who might be forced to allow guns (against their better judgement) due to the backlash of idiots who are more obsessed with their “Second Amendment rights” than using common sense when it comes to carrying a loaded weapon.

Because it’s clear common sense had nothing to do with the passage of this law.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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