Many bar and restaurant owners in Columbia, South Carolina stated guns and alcohol do not mix.

Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill into law authorizing South Carolina residents with concealed-weapons permits to carry guns into private establishments, therefore signs prohibiting concealed weapons will be posted in many business windows.

The question is not whether people licensed to carry concealed weapons are responsible and trustworthy, says Matt Shmanske, a 34-year-old concealed-weapons permit holder and owner of a restaurant and two bars near Five Points.

“(The gun) can get away from you,” Shmanske said. “Other people could take your gun and use it against you. Simply no good can come from having guns in bars.”

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