Monday letters: S.C. must require weapons training

February 3, 2014 

— I agree with letting legally armed citizens carry their concealed weapons into a restaurant that serves alcohol while not consuming; I don’t understand why legislators stripped out the minimum number of hours of training required to obtain a concealed-weapons permit.

SLED can confirm a history of certain CWP instructors ignoring the law and shortcutting the process. Now with no statutory minimum on training hours, I predict an almost immediate race to the bottom as legitimate and conscientious instructors are forced by the marketplace to shorten their classes as those instructors only interested in compensation revert to their previous practices. This section was ill-advised and may indeed be a political hot potato for Nikki Haley as she weighs whether to sign or veto this bill.

Scott Thigpen

Columbia

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