A bill making its way through the Legislature is sparking controversy for people in South Carolina.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that could allow almost anyone to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
Lawmakers took that proposal to the folks of Rock Hill Monday night. Nearly everyone in attendance urged lawmakers to pass the Constitutional Act of 2013.
A crowd of residents packed inside York technical college auditorium most to say they're in full support of this legislation. They say its all about freedom without government restrictions "The government has over reached and over stepped its boundaries time and time again," said one Rock Hill Resident.
Under this proposal --- any law-abiding citizen could carry a weapon without passing any tests and without carrying a permit.
Only exceptions would include on private property without permission and at businesses that displayed a sign banning weapons. But not everyone was in agreement the measure should pass.
Rep. Ralph Norman says the issue of safety must be addressed.
"With the new urbanism in this state and the restaurants, we go to you're around a lot of different people and I would hate for a tragedy to occur because somebody has no training with a gun," says Norman.
Norman says this measure could pass but not without a whole lot of debate as we've seen tonight.
The next public forum will be held next week in Greenville.