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- On September 11, 2018
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The General Assembly has provided art direction for signage prohibiting concealed weapons. The requirements are found in section 23-31-235 of the South Carolina Code of Laws. Generally the signs must be 8 inches by 12 inches, feature the silhouette of a handgun in a circle with a diagonal line running at a 45 degree angle from lower left to upper right intersecting the silhouette of the handgun (and you thought the General Assembly couldn’t accomplish anything substantive). The text of the sign must be in all caps with one-inch letters in black stating, “NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS ALLOWED.” The signs must be posted on each entry point to the building at least 36 inches but not more than 50 inches from floor level. Anyone bringing a concealed weapon onto premises with such signage will be guilty of a misdemeanor. What about weapons other than concealed handguns? South Carolina has a criminal trespass statute which I believe was enacted to enable prosecution of lunch counter sit-in demonstrators during the civil rights era, but it remains on the books to make it a crime for a person to enter property after notice or remain on property after notice. To take advantage of this statute I would suggest all newspapers wishing to prevent weapons from their premises have two signs. The first would be the concealed weapon sign described above and a second sign reading, “Any person bringing a weapon onto these premises will be a trespasser.” I acknowledge that signs by themselves won’t prevent those persons intent on assault and mayhem from bringing weapons to newspapers. So, what else can you do?
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