The proposal (Senate Bill 361) by Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, already has passed the Senate. It advances to the House floor for consideration, with backing Wednesday of the House Judiciary Committee without objection.
Under the measure, the current and retired officers would be required to carry photo identification, be sober and not be federally banned from having a firearm to meet the terms.
Active law enforcement would have to be full-time and get permission from the officer’s agency to carry concealed firearms. Retired law officers would have to be in good standing with the agency they retired from, be mentally sound and go through annual training.