02/12/2014 09:58 am ET Updated Feb 12, 2014

Nikki Haley Supports Guns Policy Where No Permit Or Training Is Necessary

Shortly after signing a bill that allows gun owners to carry concealed weapons into restaurants and bars under certain circumstances, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) revealed her support for another change in policy.

The State reported Tuesday that Haley is backing the Constitutional Carry Act -- a bill currently in South Carolina's state Senate -- which would cut current rules on permits and training for those wishing to carry a gun.

“Criminals are dangerous, and I think that every resident should be allowed to protect themselves from criminals,” Haley told the State.

The restaurants and bars bill Haley signed Tuesday for allows gun owners to carry a weapon, as long as they refrain from drinking inside the establishment. Individual businesses also have the right to establish their own policies against weapons, as long as there is a visible warning to customers before entering.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an advocacy group formed in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has been active in trying to counter changes of this nature. South Carolina chapter leader Erin Dando told HuffPost that her group has kept its focus on educating people about what the new legislation means for their safety.

"Most business and bar owners don't even know that there has been a drastic change in state policy," Dando said. "We are telling them that they still have the right to ban concealed firearms."


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