Firefighters seek Ability to Carry on the Job

Guns

by Dean Weingarten

South Carolina firefighters may get a carve out to be able to carry defensive pistols on the job.  To do so, they would be required to take the same firearms training that police are required to take. The bill has been introduced by Rep. Steven W. LongFrom foxcarolina.com:

Currently it is illegal for emergency responders other than law enforcement to carry firearms, but the bill would change that for “emergency medical services providers, firefighters, or other first responders who are engaged in examining, treating or directing persons during an emergency and who are authorized to carry a concealed weapon…”

The bill, sponsored in part by Rep. Steven Long of Boiling Springs, said it is another way for first responders to stay safe on calls.

The amendment requires that firefighters and emergency workers who carry go through rigorous training before doing so.

The wording in the bill is found at scstatehouse.com:

(17) emergency medical services providers, firefighters, or other first responders who are engaged in examining, treating, or directing persons during an emergency and who are authorized to carry a concealed weapon pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 31, Title 23, or who have completed the same training as law enforcement officers in this State.”

Kansas enacted a law in 2016, that allows all state workers to carry on the job.
From fox4kc.com:

Public employees in Kansas can now carry concealed guns “on the job”. Knasas lawmakers recently passed the bill, which means anyone working for the state, such as paramedics and firefighters, can carry a gun.

Some public employees asked lawmakers for the right to carry a concealed weapon because of the dangerous and violent situations they experience on the job, and lawmakers listened.

The new gun law means firefighters, paramedics or anyone working for the state can now carry a concealed weapon.

These legislative moves are reflective of the cultural shift back to the understanding that self defense is a right.  The understanding that weapons empower individuals. The understanding that ordinary people can and do use weapons responsibly.

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