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.

South Carolina Reciprocity State's

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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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Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, 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

Law Enforcement Division SLED

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Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


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Address 4400 Broad River Road

CityColumbia, SC29210

Phone (803) 896-7015

 

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Chris parnell

Are south Carolina gun carry laws any different for handicap people

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.

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

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ramazan recber

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Evan
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Evan

If I have 2 non violent felonys one in k.y. one in Ohio but reside in South Carolina and am off supervision in no trouble anymore can I get my concealed permit ?

SCowner
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SCowner

If you own a pistol and get caught with it wouldn’t that be a felony or misdemeanor if you are between 18-20 trying to prove a point

Joe
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Joe

I got caught with a micro drako (always pistol) when I was 17 and got charged with unlawful possession of a weapon just a misdemeanor

Joe
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Joe

Ak pistol*

James
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James

I live in SC, can I carry a pistol on my property to the mailbox, legally?

Denise
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Denise

So my daughter lives in NC. she is active military. I live in SC and have my CWP. My daughter has asked me to transport her weapons to her in NC. I have a 4 door truck with no tool box in the bed. Is it legal for me to transport her weapons to her in NC? If so, how would I transport them?

Wendy
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Wendy

What if I am moving TO SC from another state and I have my license to carry in that state (MA)? I am also a licensed NRA pistol instructor, if that even matters!

Chuck
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Chuck

Can you carry a hand gun while fishing in sc

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FastFactFinder

Yes you can, and you do not require a permit to do so. SECTION 1. Section 16-23-20 (4) licensed hunters or fishermen who are engaged in hunting or fishing or going to or from their places of hunting or fishing while in a vehicle or on foot; https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/3187.htm

Bradley Lee Barnes
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Bradley Lee Barnes

I am a cwp holder and i live in sc can i open carry as long as my fire arm stays holstered.

Benjamin C Lewis
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Benjamin C Lewis

South Carolina is not an open carry state.

Shanon Thatcher
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Shanon Thatcher

Hello, I live in South Carolina and you have “no background checks”.
I thought that checking for felony arrests was considered a background check. Am I wrong?

Jay
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Jay

So I know it says 21+ for a permit, is Active duty military an exemption to that?

Hester Scheitlin
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Hester Scheitlin

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Spence
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Spence

If I have my CWP in SC, am I allowed to buy a handgun in NC and walk out with it the same day or do I still have to have it shipped to ffl dealer in SC like I would without the CWP?

Buddy
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Buddy

NO..

Jonathan Mead
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Jonathan Mead

no. You will have to purchase the firearm in NC and have the dealer transfer it to your licensed FFL dealer in SC,

Tom L
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Tom L

It has to be shipped to an FFL in SC

John
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John

Is it legal in SC to carry a loaded AR15 pistol in the vehicle with a CWP?

John
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John

If it is over 12″ in measured from any dimension then you can’t legally carry it concealed on your person. Over that length I believe it is considered a long gun.

Jason
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Jason

Need to update the open carry information for SC per 16-23-20 #4 https://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t16c023.php …. SECTION 16-23-20. Unlawful carrying of handgun; exceptions. It is unlawful for anyone to carry about the person any handgun, whether concealed or not, except as follows, unless otherwise specifically prohibited by law: (4) licensed hunters or fishermen who are engaged in hunting or fishing or going to or from their places of hunting or fishing while in a vehicle or on foot; It is in fact legal to open carry while engaged or going to engage in the act of legally hunting or fishing in South… Read more »

Dylan
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Dylan

I’m a Florida resident, with a Florida CWP. Can I legally carry in SC?

buddy
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buddy

yes

Elio Alfonso
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Elio Alfonso

I am currently a CWP holder in NC and moving to SC, does SC require me to go thru the classes to carry or do they transfer NC CWP with application and fingerprints??

buddy
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buddy

I had to do it all over again when I moved to SC from NC

Joshua Morgan
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Joshua Morgan

If I move does my cwp permit have to match my current residence in order for me to carry

Charles Bishop jr
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Charles Bishop jr

If you do not want a hard time . The law is must match . This is why you send in copy of your driver’s license the state of sc will use your picture from license for cwp .

Tosha Tate
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Tosha Tate

What are the laws on using firearms in a residential neighborhood ( subdivision)?

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