South Carolina Gun Laws
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.
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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
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
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
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
- 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
- South Carolina CWP Permit Requirements
- How to Apply for a South Carolina CWP Permit
- South Carolina CWP Permit Renewals
- South Carolina CWP Permit State Fee's
- 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
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
- All areas of the state - except those listed as Off-Limits
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South Carolina Gun 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.
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;
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
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.
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.
23.31.215 – Issuance of permits
NOSouth Carolina does not have constitutional carry.
YESIt is legal to carry in the following areas;
- State Parks: YES – 51.3.145
- State/National Forests: YES – 51.3.145
- State Wildlife Management Areas: YES – 123.203
- Road Side Rest Areas: YES – 16.23.420
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.
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.
23.31.235 – Sign Requirements
(Art. 1, § 20)
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South Carolina CCW Contacts
Law Enforcement Division SLED
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Address 4400 Broad River Road
Phone (803) 896-7015