Columbia, SC — A recent letter to the editor applauded a restaurant for not wanting guns in its establishment, suggesting that she might make that a criterion for future patronage. She needs to understand that just posting a sign saying “No guns allowed” or “No concealed weapons” is not enough under the law. People who go to the SLED website and look at the requirements for a proper sign, they might just be astounded by what they find.
We are trying to find anyone who actually prints a sign that complies with the law to post in our restaurant. If anyone finds a printer meeting the requirements, please call me ASAP.
If you post a sign that does not meet the specific size and content and even font requirements of the law, then people carrying a concealed weapon can ignore it and keep their weapons with them. Simply having such a law is difficult enough for restaurant owners; compliance is even more difficult in many ways. I have brought this to the attention of my legislator, but I’m not holding out much hope.
Until our legislators help us try to do the right thing, be careful if you think any sign about no weapons actually means there are not armed people inside.