Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said he doesn’t foresee the bill sparking much change.
“Bad guys don’t seem to care what the rules are,” he said.
He said he believes if gun owners are able to pass a background check and able to obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit, they already have proven they are law-abiding citizens who follow the rules and stay out of trouble.
Obtaining a CWP indicates they are responsible and should be able to carry their firearm with them, he said.
“Certainly, the owner of the shop has rights. … But you have to respect people’s rights. If laws say that you can go through a background check and do it the right way and you’re responsible enough to get your permit, you should be able to carry your weapon.”
Wright also said the sheriff’s office’s duty is to enforce the law as they see it and follow procedures of whatever law is set forth.
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