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Guns in Bars

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South Carolinians. Guns. Alcohol. What could go wrong? That's what some folks asked when lawmakers began debating a new law that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to bring their guns into drinking establishments. Supporters of the law pointed out that other states with similar measures haven't turned into Wild West-style shooting galleries. One side effect of the law: Now restaurant owners have been put in the awkward situation of alienating their clientele. Put up a no-guns-allowed sign, and they might upset gun owners. Don't put one up and they might upset those who don't want to eat or drink around people carrying loaded weapons. Around Charleston, progressive activists have been handing out flyers saying they won't patronize bars and restaurants that allow guns. Our advice: don't get into any bar fights 'cause you never know who might be packing.
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