City of Charleston appeals ruling which ended tour guide licensing requirements

Charleston County News

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – The City of Charleston is again appealing a federal ruling that ended the city’s tour guide licensing requirement.

Three guides filed a lawsuit in January of 2016 claiming that requirement violates their first amendment rights.

A judge sided with those guides, forcing the city to get rid of the requirement.

On Wednesday, the city released a statement saying it believes requiring those licenses do not violate the First Amendment.

That statement reads in part: “The city continues to believe a mandatory licensing program for all tour guides is the most effective way to achieve the city’s objective of protecting tourists, residents and the tourism industry from the problems caused by unqualified or unscrupulous guides.”

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