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Countering Senate Bill 308

February 12, 2014

Apparently, an anti-gun group is already going around South Carolina trying to scare restaurant owners into putting up signs prohibiting legal concealed carry. Amazing! Why would they be so worried about law abiding citizens who have gone through the proper training, been fingerprinted and background checked, carrying the firearms they spent their own money on while sipping an iced tea at their favorite restaurant? There is simply no data whatsoever to show that this is going to be a problem. This change is not new to America, just new to South Carolina. And long overdue.

There are very few signs that can ward off evil, and the No Concealable Weapons Allowed sign is not one of them. In fact, displaying a NCWA sign does the opposite: it encourages criminals to target that particular location instead of others where they might encounter effective resistance.

There is no legal reason for a property owner to post, so these poor little dears are taking the tack that they won’t “feel safe” when their better-prepared friends and neighbors are enjoying their food while legally carrying. If these poor little dears, who are obviously ill prepared to deal with the realities of life, will just let the better prepared part of society take care of business, we will ALL be safer.

Full text of Senate Bill 308

February 11, 2014

You can find the full text of Senate Bill 308 here. I highly recommend you read the whole thing, and don’t rely on a journalist’s interpretation of it.


February 11, 2014

Earlier today, Governor Haley signed Senate Bill 308! If you have a CWP, you will now be able to enjoy some tea or other non-alcoholic beverage at your favorite South Carolina restaurants without risking a fine, 3 years in prison, firearm confiscation, and a life-long Federal firearms disability.

Most Americans have already been able to do this for years. Predictably, there will be some handwringing from the enemies of freedom and personal responsibility, but I think South Carolina can handle it as well.

I’d like to thank everyone who has made this possible.

76-year old foils robbery

February 11, 2014

I thought this story would be interesting to everyone here.

To summarize the event: a 76-year old jewelry dealer comes out of his house into his carport, and finds a hooded man waiting on him armed with a taser. An altercation ensues, during which he manages to draw his .38 revolver, and shoot his assailant from the ground. Once shot, his assailant flees, only to expire somewhere nearby while the jewelry dealer goes back inside and calls 911. You can listen to the audio at the link – and probably should.

We discuss how to deal with calling 911, and the rest of the aftermath during my CWP class.

California woman foils home invasion using shotgun

February 8, 2014

Via Fox News:

Dressed in her nightgown, Carla grabbed her shotgun and fired at the ground near one of the suspects.

Wrong house!

Good article on gun control

February 6, 2014

When Senator Dianne Feinstein says, “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them . . . Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ’em all in, I would have done it,” it is similarly best to take her at her word.

Read more:

Six thugs beat up two hippies in downtown Austin, TX

February 2, 2014

The correct answer to “Got a dolla?” is NOT “Are you hungry?”

Hopefully, these two ill-prepared individuals will learn from their harsh encounter with reality, and get some proper training so they will do better next time.

Valentine’s Day Sale

January 31, 2014

I have decided to do a “two for the price of one” sale for Valentine’s Day for my CWP class on Saturday, March 29: sign up with your significant other, and both of you get to take the class. If you already took your CWP class somewhere else, I promise you that my class is probably a whole lot more fun and informative than what you had to endure before. We’ll discuss the upcoming law change as well. Email me at to sign up, and mention the Valentine’s Day sale.

Zimmerman Attorney Mark O’Mara Named “National Criminal Trial Lawyer of 2013″

January 24, 2014

Some good news to come out of the Zimmerman trial:

The National Trial Lawyers professional association have named O’Mara the National Criminal Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2013

Mark O’Mara was Zimmerman’s lawyer.

Senate Bill 308 sent to Governor!

January 23, 2014

Today, something really, really bizarre happened: according to the IRA-NLA the South Carolina legislature passed a pro-CWP bill.

I’m shocked. The last improvement in the state’s CWP law was in 2009! We’ve been trying to get restaurant carry passed for years, only to be snubbed by supposedly pro-gun politicians and interfered with by committed anti-gun politicians every time. And now it has passed this early in the legislative season? I’m shocked.

I can’t find the text on the NRA site, so here is the full email I just received:

Today, the South Carolina House of Representatives concurred with Senate amendments to Senate Bill 308 by a 90-18 vote.  This important pro-gun legislation makes a number of improvements to the South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP), including removing the prohibition on CWP holders carrying a concealed handgun into an establishment licensed to serve alcohol, extending the duration or length of term of the CWP, improving training standards, improving the application and renewal process, and expanding where a CWP holder may transport a firearm in his or her motor vehicle.  S 308 is now awaiting approval by Governor Nikki Haley.

Your NRA-ILA is working to ensure these and other pro-gun reforms remain a priority for the South Carolina General Assembly this year, and we will continue to keep you updated as this legislative session progresses.

Read the whole bill for all the details. The big item is that it gets rid of the automatic ban on legal carry anywhere you can buy alcohol in a glass. There is no Cinderella clause and no need to stay out of the bar section of restaurants! You just can’t consume alcohol, and I’m totally fine with that. It will be nice to finally be able to enjoy some green tea at my favorite Chinese restaurant without having to disarm first.

Restaurants, just like any business, can still post against CWP holders. If that happens at one of your favorite restaurants, I’d recommend having a polite word with the manager: Businesses cannot be held liable for NOT posting, but criminals are encouraged by and attracted to gun-free zones. If that does not work, avoid that establishment like the plague in the future.

I hope the Governor signs this bill soon.