South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said Tuesday that if she owned a bar, she’d “absolutely” allow concealed-carrying gun owners inside — as long as they don’t pull up a stool and order a beer.
The governor wrote on her Facebook page that she intends to sign a bill that would allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns into businesses that serve alcohol, as long as they refrain from drinking.
“This law says if you’re a CWP holder — and me being a CWP holder — you can’t have alcohol and carry,” Haley said at a media availability discussing the law, as quoted by the Charleston City Paper. “That is the overall rule of this state. So, I don’t have a problem with people carrying anywhere. And so if I had a restaurant or a bar, you’re not allowing people with guns to drink, you’re allowing people who normally have their guns to bring them into the restaurant.”
Asked to clarify whether she’d allow guns in her hypothetical saloon, Haley said “absolutely,” according to the newspaper.
The so-called “Restaurant Carry” bill also allows businesses to opt-out and post a sign prohibiting concealed carry on their premises.
h/t Huffington Post
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