Skip to main content
You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Pat Henegan: Open carry with training would be a disaster for South Carolina minorities

Pat Henegan: Open carry with training would be a disaster for South Carolina minorities

{{featured_button_text}}

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — A Pee Dee state representative is disappointed that the South Carolina House approved the open carry with training bill this week.

The Legislative Black Caucus issued a statement Friday afternoon from its chairman, state Rep. Pat Henegan, on the open carry with training bill passed Wednesday and Thursday by the House.

Henegan’s district includes the western two-thirds of Marlboro County, northern Darlington County, and two parts of Chesterfield County.

“With so many pressing issues facing our citizens and our state, it is truly disheartening that our limited time is focused on a bill that will cause more gun violence and gun deaths,” Hengan said. “Also, it is a bill that was unanimously opposed by the state’s law enforcement community. I find it completely disappointing that we praise law enforcement when it is convenient while ignoring their expert advice on issues important to them and all of our communities.”

She added it cannot be ignored that “minorities in our state and country are racially profiled” and that the thought of a law-abiding African American citizen in South Carolina walking past a police officer or in public with a firearm was a recipe for disaster.

“Simply put, the bill is not needed and will jeopardize the safety of minority communities across the state,” Henegan continued.

The bill will now head to the South Carolina Senate.

Get local news delivered to your inbox!

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Government and Politics Reporter

I cover the city of Florence, the county of Florence, the state legislative delegation of Florence County and surrounding areas, and the federal delegation representing the Pee Dee for the Morning News.

Related to this story

Most Popular

FLORENCE, S.C. – Monday’s Florence City Council meeting devolved into a war of words between Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin and Councilwoman Lethonia “Peaches” Barnes over what both sides called a lack of communication. The dispute between the council members started with Barnes made a motion, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore George Jebaily, to create three new city ad hoc committees for the council as the result of a recently held council retreat.

Recommended for you

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

Breaking News

News Alert