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Opening Arguments

Carry on

Wendy "It's never too late for an abortion" Davis has suddenly started speaking out in favor of open carry in an apparent effort to sound less blue and more red to  gun-rights-supporting Texas voters. You know, I just don't believe her. But here is a woman whose Second Amendment sincerity I do not doubt for a second:

COLUMBIA, SC — S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that she backs a proposal that would make it legal for most South Carolinians to carry guns – concealed or in the open – without a permit or the training that the state currently requires.

Haley made her comments after she signed into law a bill that allows gun owners with licenses to carry concealed weapons into businesses that serve alcohol – restaurants and bars – as long as they do not drink alcohol and the businesses did not bar guns.

The only thing I do doubt is the wisdom of dropping the requirement for training. It's always bothered me that Indiana grants carry permits -- now even lifetime permits -- without people having to demonstrate any knowledge at all about guns or how to handle them. They don't even go that far in gun-loving Texas.

Smart woman, though. Hope her name starts turning up when the political class looks at potential presidential contenders among Republican governors.


Larry Morris
Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:17am

Living in Texas, having my own gun range on my property and owning a few guns :-), you would think I would completely agree with what used to be called "Vermont carry", no regulations on concealed or open carry at all.  However, I think the least we can do is make sure everyone who carries a gun is trained in its use.  Texas used to do that in all cases, now they don't.  And it was a funny thing that caused them to change.  We still have to attend a class and test on a range to initially get a concealed carry permit, but we no longer have to do any of that to renew the permit.  No matter how many times it's renewed.  That bothers me a little.  And the reason ?  Too many people applying for renewals - the state couldn't keep up with the permit requirements ...