A procedural rule invoked on bill that would allow carrying of firearms without permit in South Carolina

Patrick Gentry
April 03, 2017 - 5:36 pm

An effort to thwart debate on an already controversial bill that would allow South Carolinians to carry a concealed firearm without a permit has left some House members crying foul. State Representative David Hiott invoked cloture which is a procedural move that limits the time a bill can be debated on the House floor. The vote for cloture enraged House Democrats who already accused Republican members of fast-tracking the bill through committee to limit debate and public input. The bill would allow for open carry which grants weapon holders the ability to carry their firearms on their person for everyone to see. The “concentrated” debate is scheduled to start Tuesday and due to the rules invoked by using cloture debate is available to a limited audience and will only take place for about two hours.

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