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CWP instructor weighs in on open carry bill

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An Upstate gun owner carries his gun in a holster. (File/FOX Carolina) An Upstate gun owner carries his gun in a holster. (File/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

People on both sides of the open carry gun debate are firing off over whether citizens of South Carolina should be able to tote their guns in the open without a permit.

Johnny Horton is the co-owner and concealed weapons permit instructor at The Firing Range on Asheville Highway in Spartanburg.

While he doesn't think a proposal to allow people to openly carry guns without a permit will hurt his business, the idea makes him uneasy. 

Horton said he agrees with the open carry Senate bill as long as training is required. Since the bill has no mention of that thus far, Horton has concerns with the proposed legislation.

"People from my standpoint have a lot of questions that are unanswered," Horton said. "It's just lack of knowing ... we see a lot of people come in here and you wonder how they got their guns, but it's not my job to question how they got their guns."

Horton hopes there will be provisions in the proposed bill that will require screening and training in order to carry a gun, especially in the open.

The bill will go to a subcommittee next week.

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