COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - People with concealed weapon permits could soon be able to carry their guns into South Carolina businesses that serve alcohol.

The state Senate amended a bill that would allow permit holders to keep their weapon with them when they go out to dinner or enter a bar, but bans them from drinking alcohol.

The measure specifies that business owners could ban concealed weapons on their property by posting signs against it.

The Senate vote returns the measure to the House, which approved it last year 100-to-12.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin believes most bars will put up signs banning weapons, so the bill wouldn't really let guns in bars.

He says they'll do that for liability purposes and because people who can't legally drink would just take up space.