LETTER: Consider implications of gun legislation

  • Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:25 a.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, March 14, 2013 5:40 p.m.

Consider implications of gun legislation

It’s bad enough that legislators are seriously considering allowing concealed weapons in restaurants and bars (Senate bill 308), but what most people probably are not aware of is Senate bill 115 that would abolish the concealed weapon permit. Can you imagine anyone, without any training whatsoever, could carry a concealed weapon? So after the legislators allow concealed weapons in restaurants and bars, are they also going to abolish the concealed weapon permit?

With Senate bill 308 and 115, business owners must really think about their liability. What happens if someone is shot in their establishment? South Carolina doesn’t have a state civil statute that holds the bar owner liable for injuries caused by a customer who was intoxicated when served in their establishment. However, the injured party can use the state’s criminal statutes governing alcohol control. In 2010 the S. C. Supreme Court upheld a trial court’s verdict of $10 million against The Getaway Lounge & Grill when it was determined the patron’s intoxication had resulted in a car crash that claimed his life and seriously injured a passenger in the car he struck.

Our legislators who approve of Senate bill 308 are not thinking through the ramifications of this bill. Are they positive that the “good guys” won’t have a drink or two before entering the bar? Are they positive the wait staff will ask every customer whether or not they are carrying a concealed weapon before serving them alcohol? And, who is responsible if, God forbid, someone is shot?

Teresa Harper

Aiken

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