Gun show visitors talk about proposed gun laws

02/10/2013 9:44 AM

02/12/2013 10:41 AM

Conway resident Rick Rosado doesn’t want to see legislation take away his right to carry a gun.

“There’s 2,000 laws already on the books now, why don’t they enforce them,” he said. “The bad guys, laws don’t mean nothing to them. They’re going to get their guns either way, so should the citizen be unarmed. That’s stupid.”

The Rosado spent Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Gun and Knife Show where he purchased ammunition. He said he had been to 11 stores recently trying to purchase ammunition, but the shelves were empty. The show continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Janet Spencer, current chair of the Carolina Patriots, was at the gun show with pocket constitutions and information on proposed legislation including the Constitutional Carry Act proposed in the S.C. Senate that would allow guns to be carried without concealed weapons permits.

She didn’t take a side on the legislation, since the Carolina Patriots are a non-partisan group. “I think overall we’ve got too much power in the federal government,” she said. “We need to leave a lot of it at the state [level].”

Rosado also said teachers should have the option to carry guns if properly permitted and trained.

Spencer didn’t say whether she thought teachers should be armed, but said school resource officers should.

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