March 3rd, 2010
Columbia, SC ? Rep. Nikki Haley today announced her opposition to House Bill 4112. This bill would expand the ability of public officials who possess a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) to carry their weapons in areas where the general public cannot.
Haley, a CWP permit holder herself whose staunch support for gun rights has earned her a lifetime ?A? rating from the National Rifle Association, remarked, ?The state legislature was elected to represent the people of this state, not the special interest and convenience of themselves. This type of arrogance has to stop.?
?Instead of giving perks to elected officials, we should be passing a law that expands the carrying rights of every citizen of South Carolina,? Haley added. ?If the current laws are an inconvenience to legislators ? which they undoubtedly are ? they are an inconvenience to everyone. It?s time that legislators stop treating themselves as a privileged, ruling class, and start working to benefit all South Carolinians.?
If the bill makes it to the House floor, Haley will introduce an amendment to change H. 4112 so that every CWP holder in South Carolina is covered by its provisions.