South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) continues to do what is best for the people of her state, as she staunchly defends the Constitution. The very popular Governor recently signed a bill to allow concealed weapons permit holders in the states of Georgia and North Carolina use of their permits to allow them to carry in the Palmetto State, as well. The bill also ensures that South Carolina’s concealed weapons permit holders can carry their firearms freely in either of these states too.
Lawmakers who agreed with the move argued that the new reciprocity deal was long overdue. “We have a lot of our South Carolinians that work in Georgia. We have a lot of Georgians that work in South Carolina, and they should never worry about whether they’re in violation of the law,” Haley argued, before adding that visitors shouldn’t be forced to give up their constitutional rights just because they are going on vacation. The Executive Director of Georgia Carry, a 2nd Amendment Defense group, Jerry Henry, offered a similar defense of the reciprocity deal. “It is a Constitutional right and there’s no other Constitutional right that requires you to be trained before you can exercise that right.”
However, not everyone is happy. There are many detractors in the Palmetto State who argue that allowing law abiding American citizens the right to carry a firearm across state lines could lead to a more dangerous situation in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. However, these anti-gun liberals have no factual evidence to support these fantastic claims. In fact, Mr. Henry, of Georgia Carry, explained to Channel 7 News in Greenville, SC, that there is no research that supports opponents’ claims that a reciprocity deal like this will make life in these states more dangerous. NONE.
“You will find no studies between any state that requires training and ones like Georgia that don’t where there is any difference in the accidental discharge or negligent discharge of any firearm. There are no studies that show that Georgia is not as safe as South Carolina,” Henry says.
For her part, Governor Haley sees dual benefits for signing this new law. Firstly, it’s simple Constitutional math. Law abiding American citizens have every right to keep and bear arms, no matter where they are in the United States of America. Secondly, she believes the new reciprocity deal will be a boon to the tourism industry in all three states.
“We want to make sure our sister states of North Carolina and Georgia can come and vacation in South Carolina and not feel like they have to give up a right to be here… Tourism in South Carolina, always come vacation, buy second homes, all of that, it gets in the way of all of that if they can’t legally do it, because no one wants to break the law. So if they’ve gotten their CWP in Georgia, we want them to be able to go to the beach in South Carolina and take it and not have to worry about anything happening. The same with North Carolina.”
We need more forward-thinking, liberty-minded Governors like Haley who are willing to defend freedom, even when liberal naysayers are fear mongering about what could happen. Every law abiding American citizen should have the absolute right to keep and bear arms no matter where they happen to be in the United States of America… why? Because the Constitution and the Bill of Rights articulate and GUARANTEE that every one of us has the God-given inalienable right to do so.
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