South Carolina House OKs bill ending permits to carry concealed weapons

According to the Associated Press,

A bill that would allow South Carolina residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit has passed the House….Rep. Mike Pitts introduced the amendment. The Laurens Republican says it is a good compromise because people would still have to keep their guns hidden from view in public, but would not have to go through hours of training for a constitutional right.

On his Facebook page, Rep. Mike Pitts explained that “this simply recognizes your constitutional right combined with two federal Supreme Court rulings.” reports that, should the South Carolina House bill pass on its third reading, “it would proceed to the state Senate where Republicans hold a 28-18 majority and from there to Gov. Nikki Haley” who “has a history of both signing pro-Second Amendment legislation and being an avid gun owner.”