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Bill that allows concealed weapons in bars and restaurants now law in SC
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  Bill that allows concealed weapons in bars and restaurants now law in SC

Governor Nikki Haley signed S.308 into law Tuesday morning, a law that allows concealed weapons permit holders to carry concealed firearms into businesses that serve alcohol.

The new law stipulates that licensed CWP holders may be allowed to enter and remain in a restaurant or bar that serves alcohol, but prohibits the CWP holder from consuming alcohol. If the CWP holder is caught consuming alcohol on premises while carrying a concealed firearm, the person is subject to a $2,000 fine and/or up to 2 years in prison.

Options to prohibit firearms in your establishment

Restaurants and bars will continue to be allowed to prohibit CWP holders from carrying a concealed firearm onto their property by posting a sign that meets all of the compliance standards. NOTE: If a sign does not meet the standards, the CWP holder is allowed to carry onto the property regardless of the intent put forth by a non-compliant sign. 



According to Section 23-31-235 in the SC Code of Laws, the signs must follow these requirements:

(A) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, any requirement of or allowance for the posting of signs prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon upon any premises shall only be satisfied by a sign expressing the prohibition in both written language interdict and universal sign language.

(B) All signs must be posted at each entrance into a building where a concealable weapon permit holder is prohibited from carrying a concealable weapon and must be:

(1) clearly visible from outside the building;

(2) eight inches wide by twelve inches tall in size; (NOTE: Standard letter size paper does not meet the size requirement.)

(3) contain the words "NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS ALLOWED" in black one-inch tall uppercase type at the bottom of the sign and centered between the lateral edges of the sign;

(4) contain a black silhouette of a handgun inside a circle seven inches in diameter with a diagonal line that runs from the lower left to the upper right at a forty-five degree angle from the horizontal;

(5) a diameter of a circle; and

(6) placed not less than forty inches and not more than sixty inches from the bottom of the building's entrance door.

(C) If the premises where concealable weapons are prohibited does not have doors, then the signs contained in subsection (A) must be:

(1) thirty-six inches wide by forty-eight inches tall in size;

(2) contain the words "NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS ALLOWED" in black three- inch tall uppercase type at the bottom of the sign and centered between the lateral edges of the sign;

(3) contain a black silhouette of a handgun inside a circle thirty-four inches in diameter with a diagonal line that is two inches wide and runs from the lower left to the upper right at a forty-five degree angle from the horizontal and must be a diameter of a circle whose circumference is two inches wide;

(4) placed not less than forty inches and not more than ninety-six inches above the ground;

(5) posted in sufficient quantities to be clearly visible from any point of entry onto the premises.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's Alcohol Licensing Unit will soon start conducting alcoholic beverage training seminars for the industry pertaining to the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. More information will be forth coming in the near future in regards to dates, times, and registration for the seminars.

Click here to a link to SLED's guide for signage.

Also, more information on the new law will be included in the March 2014 issue of Hospitality News.
 

 

 
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