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Gov. Haley Signing of Georgia Gun Reciprocity Bill, Again

NORTH AUGUSTA — For the sec­ond time this sum­mer, Gov. Nik­ki Haley has made a show of sign­ing leg­is­la­tion twice. Both times it played to the state’s con­ser­v­a­tive base.

In June, she trav­eled to an Upstate Chris­t­ian school for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties to re-sign a state law that banned abor­tions at 20 weeks of preg­nan­cy.

On Wednes­day she trav­eled to North Augus­ta where she re-signed a con­cealed weapons bill. It allows South Car­oli­na to rec­og­nize car­ry per­mits issued to res­i­dents of Geor­gia.

The mea­sure became law near­ly three months ago.

Col­lege of Charleston polit­i­cal sci­en­tist Kendra Stew­art said the event at the North Augus­ta Munic­i­pal Cen­ter keeps Haley’s name tied to a pro-gun top­ic.

I think for the first time in a while the pol­i­tics of South Car­oli­na is per­haps open­ing toward some gun con­trol and so this is a pret­ty strong sym­bol of her sup­port for (gun rights),” she said.

It also solid­i­fies Haley’s brand for what she may want to do down the road. “It’s a good polit­i­cal move for what­ev­er her next polit­i­cal step may be,” Stew­art said, “to keep her name in the lime­light.”

Dur­ing the cer­e­mo­ny, Haley said it was impor­tant to allow law-abid­ing gun own­ers to move freely between Geor­gia and South Car­oli­na, espe­cial­ly if they’ve passed a back­ground check and tak­en class­es to learn gun safe­ty.

How­ev­er, those seek­ing a license in Geor­gia do face a less restric­tive hur­dle than South Carolina’s law requires and must only pass a back­ground check and pay a fee to get their con­cealed car­ry per­mit.

Jer­ry W. Hen­ry, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the gun-rights group Geor­gia Car­ry, said the orga­ni­za­tion encour­ages gun own­ers to get safe­ty train­ing but that the train­ing is not a state require­ment.

I think in some cas­es Geor­gia is stricter than South Car­oli­na,” Haley said when asked about the lack of required train­ing in the neigh­bor­ing state. “But what we did make sure was there are back­ground checks, they do have to go through class­es on how they han­dle a gun, the respon­si­bil­i­ty of when they can car­ry a gun and how they han­dle that accord­ing­ly.”

South Car­oli­na requires those want­i­ng a con­cealed weapons per­mit to pass a back­ground check, and pass train­ing require­ments that include a writ­ten and shoot­ing test, and pay a fee.

State Rep. Bill Hixon, R-North Augus­ta, said he’s worked for five years to get a gun reci­procity bill passed because it’s the No. 1 issue his con­stituents bring to him. Hixon spon­sored the bill, which Haley orig­i­nal­ly signed June 3.

I’ve been into Augus­ta (Geor­gia) twice today,” he said of area res­i­dents’ neces­si­ty to cross the state bor­der on a day-to-day basis. “And I’ll prob­a­bly back over there again today.”

Haley said she hopes enact­ing the law will encour­age Geor­gia res­i­dents to vis­it South Car­oli­na, buy sec­ond homes and not force them to lock their guns up for fear of vio­lat­ing the law.

No one wants to break the law,” she said. “So if they’ve got­ten their CWP in Geor­gia, we want them to be able to go to the beach in South Car­oli­na and take (their gun) and not wor­ry about any­thing hap­pen­ing.”

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