South Carolina Gun Laws

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South Carolina gun laws operate on a Shall Issue policy at the state level. They allow for the issue of concealed carry permits to residents and non-residents, provided non-residents own property in the state. Exemptions are given to military personnel posted in the state. Applicants must be 21 years or older, have 20/40 vision, and completed a firearms training course. South Carolina does not honor non-resident permits from other states.

South Carolina CCW Quick Facts

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Must Notify Officer YES
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Gun Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted NO
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO
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South Carolina CCW Reciprocity

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How Reciprocity Works in South Carolina

South Carolina will only honor residential permits from other states. For your permit to be honored the state must be on the state reciprocity list and you must be a resident of that state.

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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Note

  • Idaho - SC only honors the Enhanced permit
  • Mississippi - SC only honors the Enhanced permit
  • North Dakota - SC only honors the Enhanced permit
  • South Dakota - SC only honors the Enhanced permit
  • West Virginia - Must be 21 years or older.

South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class.
  • Reside in South Carolina, or if a resident of another state submit proof you own property in South Carolina.
  • You have not been convicted of a violent crime that is a felony.
  • You must have actual or corrected vision of 20/40.
  • Are not a person who, by order of a circuit judge or county court judge of South Carolina, has been adjudged unfit to carry or possess a firearm.
  • Federal Law Requirements

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South Carolina: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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Places Off-Limits in South Carolina

  • Law enforcement office or facility.
  • Detention or correctional facility.
  • Courthouse or courtroom.
  • Polling place on election days.
  • Any publicly owned building or property without permission from persons in charge.
  • State Capitol building or grounds. CWP permit holders can leave their firearm locked in a vehicle.
  • Office of or the business meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special purpose district.
  • School or college athletic event not related to firearms.
  • Daycare or preschool facility.
  • Place where federal law prohibits the carrying of firearms.
  • Church or other established religious sanctuary.
  • Hospital, doctors office, medical clinic or any building medical services are performed in. Unless given permission by employer.
  • Place clearly marked with a sign prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon on the premises.
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed in South Carolina

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state - except those listed as Off-Limits

Pointers: South Carolina CCW

Training class tips
Carry in restaurants

South Carolina Gun Sales...

Private Sales
No background checks are required for private handgun or long gun sales. The law does not allow firearms to be sold to anyone that is prohibited from possessing firearms under South Carolina law.

Dealers
The purchasing process is fairly easy in South Carolina. To buy a handgun or long gun you will need a CWP Permit, or have a NCIS background check.

No CWP Permit
You will need to fill out ATF form 4473 and then the dealer will commence a background check. The background check will return one of the following results;

  • Approved
  • Delayed
  • Denied

With a CWP Permit
If the buyer has a CWP permit then they will need to complete form 4473 and then the purchase can begin. 

South Carolina Concealed Carry Laws

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South Carolina state capitol building

South Carolina Gun Laws To Know

YES – Without a permit

If you do not have a CCW permit but can legally own a firearm then you are legally entitled to carry the firearm loaded in a vehicle as long as it is placed in a closed glove box, console or trunk of vehicle. If there is no trunk then the firearm can be placed in the luggage area enclosed in a container and secured with fasteners.

If the firearm is found in any other place such as in a purse, under the seat, on the seat, you will be charged. The law is very specific on where the firearm is placed.

With a permit from South Carolina or other recognized state, you can carry a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle on or about your person.

The Law
16.23.20 – Exceptions to unlawful carry
21.31.230 – Carry between vehicle & accomodation

NO – With or without a permit

Open carrying a handgun in South Carolina is illegal. Even if you have a concealed carry permit you still cannot legally open carry in this state.

YES – Must Inform Officer

South Carolina gun laws require you to inform a law enforcement officer you are carrying a firearm when approached on official business. You are also legally required to carry your permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

The Law
23.31.215 – Issuance of permits

NO
South Carolina does not have constitutional carry.
YES
It is legal to carry in the following areas;

  • State Parks:       YES51.3.145
  • State/National Forests:     YES51.3.145
  • State Wildlife Management Areas:     YES123.203
  • Road Side Rest Areas:     YES16.23.420
YES

You can carry a firearm into a restaurant if you have a CCW permit, but you are not allowed to consume alcohol. If the restaurant has posted a “No Weapons” sign then it is illegal to enter.

“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol.

The Law
16.23.465

YES

South Carolina gun laws give the force of law to“No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

The Law
23.31.235 – Sign Requirements

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
(Art. 1, § 20)
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South Carolina CCW FAQ's

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South Carolina CCW Contacts

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Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

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Address 4400 Broad River Road

CityColumbia, SC29210

Phone (803) 896-7015

 

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Nonviolent crime had nothing to do with firearmsCindyBobDavid Blackmonjim ddd Recent comment authors
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Cindy
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Cindy

Can ANYONE tell me if a cwp holder in SC can legally carry the mossberg shockwave 410 loaded in their vehicle for self defense, not hunting, purposes?

Cindy
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Cindy

Let me add to the wait time for cwp in SC. I’m a female shooter who went through the cwp course, finger printing, and paper work filling with my husband. We went to our sherrif’s Dept for finger print to make sure they would be accepted by the cwp permit officials. I mailed both of our packets at the same time. Almost exactly 90 days later, my husband’s cwp comes in the mail. Three weeks later I get my entire packet returned telling me I need to make sure I go to a sc sherrif’s Dept to get finger printed… Read more »

Lloyd
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Lloyd

How is that Indiana honor South Carolina but South Carolina doesn’t honor Indiana ccw ?

Octavius Reed
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Octavius Reed

If locked up for unlawful carry and the firearm is in your name could you still get you cwp?

Mack
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Mack

Yes and it’s best to do so before your court date.

R Buford
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R Buford

Would u get the pistol back that was confiscated?

John
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John

My parents live in SC, no CWP. I left 2 pistols with them while I was living in Japan. Are they legally allowed to possess them in their home? They don’t ever plan on carrying. I just want to make sure I’m not going to get them in trouble.

Adam Williams
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Adam Williams

Anyone can have guns in their home’s and cars without a permit.

Nonviolent crime had nothing to do with firearms
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Nonviolent crime had nothing to do with firearms

You said any one could have them at home what a person was convicted of Nonviolent crime had nothing to do with firearms

jeff
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jeff

ok i have Two questions nobody can completely Answer the first one relates to campus carry , i do realize it would be wise to walk into a school or pubic building , but i sometimes pick up my child from school , ive read the law a million times and maybe just interpret in another way but it states that if the gun is locked in a box in a fastener in rear most seat i will be fine as a CWP holder otherwise im screwed ive asked many friends and law enforcement cant answer it sometimes they dont… Read more »

Cindy
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Cindy

As a former public school teacher in SC, I was told that CWP holders can have them in their locked vehicle in a shut glove box or storage container out of sight in the vehicle. Again, if you leave your vehicle, the gun stays in the locked vehicle and not visible to anyone that might walk past your car or truck. Doors must be locked and gun must be in an enclosed compartment within the vehicle with the compartment shut. We were told that was also the law for all SC CWP gun owners on all PUBLIC school grounds, not… Read more »

Doc
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Doc

I’m a retired senior non-commissioned officer from the Army who just moved to Pickens County. Anybody out there know where I can complete the legal part of the training requirements and get my fingerprint card done? I have everything else ready to mail. This is a good site. I learned a lot today. Thanks to all those who put it together.

Doc
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Doc

P.S. Many of the questions being asked here can be answered by just reading the contents of this website. The folks that constructed this website, put a lot of effort into offering a comprehensive tool for all of us to utilize. Read the laws and be an asset to your community; it’s what America is all about.

Glenn MCRAE
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Glenn MCRAE

Sheriff Dept

Walter
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Walter

If my wife and I purchased a hand gun from Walmart approximately 25 years ago, is the hand gun registered?

Donnie
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Donnie

There is no such thing as gun registration,that’s a democrat ploy to take up guns !you give the permit to the gun dealer ,he keeps it from now on 10 yrs + but no registration ever happens ,you have a receipt ,cops usually ask is gun registered to you ,meaning is it stolen! Yes you are the original buyer who is legal to own the weapon ! But no such thing as gun registration

Glenn McRae
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Glenn McRae

Probably not

Justin
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Justin

I’m 19 and was wondering if I can have a 30-30 in a gun rack in my truck unloaded with safety on. If not how can I carry it

jaquie et michel
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jaquie et michel

up your bom

David Blackmon
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David Blackmon

If ur 19 yes. A 30/30 is a rifle aka long gun. U can keep it in the truck loaded if u wanted to

Alex
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Alex

With a SC CWP, can I vehicle carry with my pistol in an open holster attached to the driver’s seat between my legs?

Martin Gorski
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Martin Gorski

No,if you do you will be charged

george
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george

He has a CWP, he can

Cindy
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Cindy

I agree, he can in his vehicle in SC, but he cannot open carry outside the car.

Cindy
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Cindy

South Carolina Gun Laws To Know Vehicle Carry YES – WITHOUT A PERMIT If you do not have a CCW permit but can legally own a firearm then you are legally entitled to carry the firearm loaded in a vehicle as long as it is placed in a closed glove box, console or trunk of vehicle. If there is no trunk then the firearm can be placed in the luggage area enclosed in a container and secured with fasteners. If the firearm is found in any other place such as in a purse, under the seat, on the seat, you… Read more »

george
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george

with av CWP you can. The laws are right here, check it out!

Jade
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Jade

I noticed that open carry is not permitted. Does this include outdoor activities like horseback riding on trails? Being from Nevada, open carry is permitted. Coyotes are a real danger. We carry a pistol for them and snakes. Is this allowed in SC?

george heat
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george heat

if you’re on your own property or have the permission of the owner, you can

Bob
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Bob

George, where does it give specific permission to open carry in your own yard? I’ve heard it was allowed but I want to read it personally.

Cindy
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Cindy

It does state you can open carry on your own property or any where else if the property owner gives you permission.

Jennifer Ressler
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Jennifer Ressler

I live in SC. I have a CWP. My son lives in PA. What state do I apply to to give me a permit to carry there in PA. I want to say I need to apply to New Hampshire but I am not sure.

Brian P.
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Brian P.

PA used to honor New Hampshire Resident and Non Resident permits. They do not honor non resident permits any more. They do have a non resident permit but you have to take the class in PA.

jim ddd
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jim ddd

i have a non resident pa permit, n o class is required. just go to a place that gives out permits, fill out paper work, photo wait half hour , you will get permit

George Heath
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George Heath

PA. but you may have to own property like in SC, the further north you go or toward detroit or chicago, the harder it will be to even own a handgun

Tyler Stumke
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Tyler Stumke

I was convicted of habitual offender DUS in 2005 which is considered a felony, and also misdemeanor criminal domestic violence in the same year. Is it even possible to re-aquire my right to bear arms again? I have my right to vote but it’s very confusing on how to even know how to find information on where to look. Sled?????

George Heath
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George Heath

you can own a ball n cap but i wouldn’t carry it dui isnt a violent crime but you’d better check. you can’t carry a firearm anytime you are drinking so you gotta problem

Donald Be
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Donald Be

You can only own a cross bow or compound bow. But some felony charges dismiss all rights to bare any arms. So best to get professional answer with your local authorities.

Robert Benz
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Robert Benz

I have a CCW permit from Alabama and looking at the list I think that South Carolina doesn’t recognize my permit, am I correct?

Bobby Brown
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Bobby Brown

It shows on the map that it does. Your in the Blue as Tn also is and I’m here in SC now.

Mr I want my rights the government stole back
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Mr I want my rights the government stole back

What map are you looking at?

George Heath
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George Heath

yep

Eugene Stevens
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Eugene Stevens

I have owned a farm in SC for over 12 years ,all of my wife’s family are SC residents, I have a Florida CWP how do I apply for a SC CWP

Brian P
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Brian P

SC honors your permit from FL.

Mike
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Mike

I am from NJ and now I live in NC part of the year. I have my rifle with me and I target shoot. I want to travel to SC to the 707 target range. What are the requirements of me to do this? I have my permit to own from NJ with me.

Jessica
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Jessica

In sc, is it okay for me to keep my firearm in my center consol?
Its an old 2001 van so that consol was placed in between the front two seats. Its big, so its not like i can take it , out and try to conceal it that way.

Joey
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Joey

You can in SC, dash pocket, center consol or the trunk of the vehicle. You can’t have it on school grounds though,.

Cindy
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Cindy

If he has a sc cwp he can have it in the consol if it has a lid that shuts in the parking lot of a public school. He cannot take it out of that consul on school grounds, and he must lock the doors of the van if he has to leave it. However, if you don’t have a sc cwp, no gun may be in the vehicle when you roll into a public school parking lot.

Robert Carter
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Robert Carter

If I moved to South Carolina from North Carolina is my CCP still good in SC, if not what do I need to do to get a South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit?

Joey
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Joey

You should turn your ccp into NC and get a sc cwp.

Tommy
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Tommy

Traveling from Mississippi to South Carolina .. have Mississippi permit .. can I carry my gun in my car without getting in trouble

Robert
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Robert

Yes you can, in traveling from Ky to Florida and back. All states within the region accept the ccdw permit.

Debbie
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Debbie

Have a question – what provisions under south carolina law would allow the police to take your concealed carry permit without a conviction? The crime was not a violent crime – not domestic related – not a treat of bodily harm – not alcohol or drug related.