Bill introduced to allow ‘concealed carry’ in SC schools

As people debate gun control measures on social media, some South Carolina lawmakers are targeting gun restrictions in schools.

State Representative Michael Pitts (R-Laurens) introduced a bill that would exempt people with concealed carry permits from the state’s gun restrictions on school property.

ABC15 reached out to Pitts to explain the details of his proposal, but didn’t hear back Friday.

Most local lawmakers we contacted either didn’t return our calls or hadn’t read the bill.

However, State Representative Phillip Lowe (R-Florence) said he was against the bill, because people with concealed carry permits aren’t trained to handle school shootings.

“Concealed weapons training is not enough for the schools,” he said. “They need more training.”

Lowe said he will re-introduce a bill that has been rejected in the past: allowing teachers or staff members trained by the Criminal Justice Academy to have a gun in their classroom.

“[The staff members] are integrated into a shooting problem at a school, then they can react properly along with law enforcement who will be coming,” he explained.

Lowe said he will put his idea forward next week.

A separate proposal to require metal detectors at the entrance of every school was introduced last month.

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