We are lucky to have so many wonderful restaurants to choose from in Beaufort County and beyond. My husband and I love to go out to dinner. I am sure that these businesses provide a great living for their owners.
So I hope that they are paying close attention to the bill which passed the S.C. House of Representatives recently by a 90-18 margin. It will allow those with concealed weapon permits (there are 229,310 of them in S.C.) to carry firearms into restaurants. The bill now sits on Gov. Nikki Haley's desk, awaiting her signature.
The premise for the law stems from the concern that gun owners do not want to leave their guns locked in their cars. They are concerned about the security of their guns.
As a patron, I do not want to be in restaurants with people carrying firearms. I am concerned about my security and the security of my family and friends.
The obvious question is how are servers and bartenders to know whether a patron is carrying a concealed gun? I don't trust gun carriers to be 100 percent honest about abstaining from "just a couple of drinks."
Plenty of people just like me spend plenty of money in area restaurants. So, if I don't see a sign outside banning concealed firearms, then I will take my business to restaurants that do.
To the owners, what kind of customers do you want? Those with guns or those without? It's that easy.