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

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
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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South Carolina state flag

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

Law Enforcement Division SLED

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Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 4400 Broad River Road

CityColumbia, SC29210

Phone (803) 896-7015

 

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Marshall Jumper
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Marshall Jumper

Is there a law about firing a gun repeatedly that disturbed everyone rear.
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james townsend
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james townsend

im moveing from wva we can carry a gun no permit how I get it registered there in sc

Michael Woodland
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Michael Woodland

You will have to find a certified SLED instructor to give you the class. Look up http://www.M-Wtactical.com and they will get you squared away

Steve Bales
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Steve Bales

I live in Nebraska. I will be heading to SC next month. I have a concealed carry permit from Nebraska and all of the states I travel through honor my permit. Will I be legal in SC if I lock it in my trunk in SC?

Albert R Nagy
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Albert R Nagy

Where can I get copy of the sc gun laws?

Michael Woodland
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Michael Woodland

You can visit http://www.SLED.sc.gov

Eli
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Eli

On the topic of vehicle carry: If i don’t have my CCP yet, can i still carry a (gifted from father) pistol in my glove box? (not registered to me, just gifted)

Eli
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Eli

i didn’t mean to say ‘in glove box’ since that’s concealed….so to update my question (carried on my car seat or in the open of my car. Meaning can I carry a pistol in my car w/o ccp and that’s not registered to me?

Edward Steven Panasiewicz
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Edward Steven Panasiewicz

the South Carolina law states that you can carry a loaded firearm in your car without a cwp as long as soon as in a lockable compartment

David D Brown
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David D Brown

SC you can open carry if you have a valid fishing or hunting license and you are going to or from or on your fishing or hunting grounds.

guest
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guest

YOU can’t open Carry anywhere is SC … period !

John Wick
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John Wick

Not true, that is the case in Florida but not in South Carolina

Quick question
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Quick question

Brother in-law wants to purchase an AR from me. Says he had a misdemeanor shoplifting over thirty years ago otherwise clean record. Will I be able to transfer it to him through a FFL?

Mark Houston
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Mark Houston

Contact the Sheriff Department and have them do a background check on the person that is at question. If you can get his SSN that would be more helpful in the process. Just explain to him that you are not wanting to break any laws in the process of a transfer.

jim vause
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jim vause

S.C. I have been charged with a 3rd degree misdemeanor. SLED now wants to revoke my cwp before I even go to court. Isn’t this a violation of constitutional rights and due process of law?

Mario Brown
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Mario Brown

I dont have a ccw but can I have my gun in my center console

Zay
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Zay

Yes, if your center console has a latch

John Martin sr
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John Martin sr

Can you carry in a bank?

Zay
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Zay

Yes, as long there are no signs stating otherwise

Coach
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Coach

I’m confused on carrying a concealed weapon into a building that has a generalized “No Concealed Weapons Permitted sign”. My instructor said it must be a specific sign, hand gun symbol with a circle and slash though it and state the SC Code underneath it. The law states: (2) A property owner, holder of a lease interest, or operator of a business may prohibit the carrying of concealable weapons into the business by posting a “NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS ALLOWED” sign in compliance with Section 23-31-235. A person who carries a concealable weapon into a business with a sign posted in… Read more »

I did it
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I did it

What are you confused about, you just stated the law and where to find the law on the requirement of the sign…. Look up South Carolina law section 23-31-235. There it clearly explains the sign requirements

Stephen
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Stephen

I’m moveing from Kentucky to South Carolina is my Kentucky permit and training transferable to get a South Carolina ccw permit?

MAURICE MITCHUM
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MAURICE MITCHUM

I think you have to turn your CCW Permit back in from Kentucky , and take a CCW class in South Carolina

Zay
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Zay

No, you must go through the process. It is easy and beneficial due to the fact the gun laws and self defense laws are different in both states

Michael Woodland
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Michael Woodland

You can not transfer your CCW in the state of South Carolina. You will have to take the CWP class when you move to South Carolina

John
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John

i live in Alabama, have had a ccw for 15 years. Can i carry my gun on me in South Carolina with a Alabama permit. From the documents i found as long as the visitors state honors S.C permit, they will honor ours. Am i wrong?

MAURICE MITCHUM
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MAURICE MITCHUM

No you’re find, but you cannot carry it open and show print.

CuriousGeorge
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CuriousGeorge

If I recently moved from another state and currently reside in SC with a girlfriend but am pending a change of address can I purchase a firearm? Also, will being charged with a misdemeanor drunk in public (non violent offense, walking home from a bar) in another state prohibit me in any way from purchasing and/or obtaining a concealed carry permit for a pistol or the ownership of a long gun?

Roy
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Roy

Can I transfer my ccw from another state if I move to SC?

MAURICE MITCHUM
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MAURICE MITCHUM

No

Tim Allen
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Tim Allen

Can someone from NC with no cwp carry a handgun in the glove box or console of a truck? There are two sticking points here. SC law says that without a cwp, a handgun can be carried in the trunk or closed glove box or console. Does that include someone from out of state if they are otherwise legally authorized to possess a handgun, or is that only for SC residents? Sticky point number two. SC law says that glove boxes and consoles are considered a trunk if there is not one otherwise. But it says for trucks, the trunk… Read more »

David Blackmon
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David Blackmon

It’s my understanding that while in SC unless u hve a cwp from a state SC recognizes then ur handgun needs to be in a glove box or center console. It can be locked n loaded as long as it’s in the console or glovebox as for long guns in SC I have a qaud cab truck n I carry a long gun in the floor behind the seat

Phil Byrd
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Phil Byrd

Why can you not open carry in SC on your own property?

David Blackmon
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David Blackmon

You are allowed to carry concealed or openly on your own property in SC and any other persons property that u hve permission from owner to do so

Michael Woodland
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Michael Woodland

If you are the owner of the property you can open carry on it…

Chris parnell
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Chris parnell

Are south Carolina gun carry laws any different for handicap people

James Watchout
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James Watchout

If you can properly show safety while the firearm is in operation there is nothing stating you can not have a CWP in South Carolina

Ben Willis
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Ben Willis

Your answer to the question regarding regulation on carrying a rifle in moto vehicle is incorrect. No laws in SC that prohibit open carry of long guns in public or in motor vehicles.

David Blackmon
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David Blackmon

Absolutely correct. Long guns are open carry in SC. I asked several county deputy’s and sherriff where I live they know I go for a walk n take my weapon with me lol

eli
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eli

Meaning I could have a .22 rifle or shotgun in my car, does it have to lay out in the open like on the bast seat or trunk? In a case or not?

Joseph Moore
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Joseph Moore

I bought a handgun and I left it at a friends house and the police come in and arrested my friend and charged him with having a gun during a violent crime how do i get my gun back