South Carolina police chief: Open carry would make policing more difficult
By Andrew Shepperson
Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook (Photo: Columbia Metropolitan)
A police chief from South Carolina isn’t too happy about the prospect of people openly carrying firearms in the state, arguing it would make police officers’ jobs much harder than they are already.
In an opinion piece published in the The State, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook lays out his argument against a bill passed by the South Carolina House that would allow lawful gun owners to openly or concealed carry firearms without having to obtain a permit.
While Holbrook claims to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, he argues that “an open carry law will significantly complicate police interactions with citizens, resulting in many unintended consequences.”
Holbrook says that people will continue to call the police when they see someone armed with a gun, whether that person is lawfully carrying or not. Some may be lawful citizens exercising their rights, Holbrook notes, but others may be criminals who don’t yet have felonies on their records to prohibit them from carrying firearms.
The police chief also says open carry could make it difficult for officers to protect people while protesting or in densely populated, public places. If there is a bad actor with a gun and a