A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 23-31-215, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMITS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHO HOLDS A VALID OUT-OF-STATE PERMIT MAY CARRY A WEAPON IN THIS STATE, TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT REQUIRES SLED TO MAINTAIN A LIST OF STATES WHICH HAVE WEAPONS PERMIT RECIPROCAL AGREEMENTS WITH THIS STATE, AND DELETE THE PROVISION THAT REQUIRES THIS STATE TO HONOR A WEAPONS PERMIT ISSUED BY ANOTHER STATE AS LONG AS THE OTHER STATE REQUIRES AN APPLICANT FOR A PERMIT TO SUCCESSFULLY PASS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK AND A COURSE IN FIREARM TRAINING SAFETY.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Section 23-31-215(N) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 349 of 2008, is further amended to read:

"(N)    Valid out-of-state permits to carry concealable weapons held by a resident of a reciprocal any state must be honored by this State, provided, that the reciprocal state requires an applicant to successfully pass a criminal background check and a course in firearm training and safety. A resident of a reciprocal another state carrying a concealable weapon in South Carolina is subject to and must abide by the laws of South Carolina regarding concealable weapons. SLED shall maintain and publish a list of those states as the states with which South Carolina has reciprocity."

SECTION    2.    The repeal or amendment by this act of any law, whether temporary or permanent or civil or criminal, does not affect pending actions, rights, duties, or liabilities founded thereon, or alter, discharge, release or extinguish any penalty, forfeiture, or liability incurred under the repealed or amended law, unless the repealed or amended provision shall so expressly provide. After the effective date of this act, all laws repealed or amended by this act must be taken and treated as remaining in full force and effect for the purpose of sustaining any pending or vested right, civil action, special proceeding, criminal prosecution, or appeal existing as of the effective date of this act, and for the enforcement of rights, duties, penalties, forfeitures, and liabilities as they stood under the repealed or amended laws.

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.