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.

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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California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington

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


Contact


Address 4400 Broad River Road

CityColumbia, SC29210

Phone (803) 896-7015

 

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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,

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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Daniel Thompson
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Daniel Thompson

I’m a sc resident with a cwp,I drive a commercial semi truck and don’t leave the state. Is it legal for me to carry concealed in the truck? I don’t see anything in the federal motor carrier book saying it’s illegal.

martin
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martin

Daniel, I am a driver with a cwp also. You are correct that the fmca doesnt address the issue, as cwp is a state law. I carry while driving, but you must observing the following: your companies rules on firearms (personally, Id check the handbook instead of asking around), you must be able to legally carry in states that you travel to/through, and you must follow rules while on shippers/receivers property. Hope this helps

Daniel Thompson
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Daniel Thompson

Thanks martin,I don’t leave SC and I only drive to farms so I should be could,my employer told me he don’t care if I carry.

John
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John

So south Carolina doesn’t honor our United states constitution

Robert Feinman
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Robert Feinman

According to SLEDs website Alabama does not accept the South Carolina CWP. That should be corrected. SLED is a law enforcement agency check their website.

Maria Ignatia Guidice
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Maria Ignatia Guidice

I just want you guys to stop calling a magazine a clip ! A clip feeds the ammo to the magazine and the magazine feeds the firearm. Oh how simple is that!!!🤔

Bob Burgess
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Bob Burgess

Personal peeve as well, I would have jumped on the recruits for incorrect terminology

Redman
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Redman

What if I’m just coming in for 3 days I have my consil carry for ar can I keep it in my car

Fred Goins
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Fred Goins

I have tried searching for laws about open or conceal carry on your property. I didn’t want to open carry on my property and a passerby calls 911. What are the laws being on your own property? Thanks for any info.

Curtis Jones
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Curtis Jones

Does s c honor Virginia non resident cwp

Marcel Royal
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Marcel Royal

No. SC do not honor any other state non-resident ccw. You must be a resident of that state and the state must be recognized by SC with a mutual agreement. If your state do not do background checks or do not have the same standards as SC you cannot carry in SC. You must be a property owner to get a SC Non-resident permit with training.

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?

B-2
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B-2

In short the answer is YES. However, you still have to abide by the lawful transportation clauses. Such as you wouldn’t be able to pick your child up from school if you transported it in this manner. Additionally, the Shockwave is a shotgun (long gun) and by definition does not meet the definition of a concealable weapon. (5)“Concealable weapon” means a firearm having a length of less than twelve inches measured along its greatest dimension that must be carried in a manner that is hidden from public view in normal wear of clothing except when needed for self-defense, defense of… Read more »

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 »

Jake
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Jake

As of January 2019 it takes just under 2 weeks. And its super streamlined. You fill out your registration on the IdentoGO website and scheudle an appointment. Show up to your appointment with required documents, the lady at the desk will scan in all paperwork and do your fingerprints electronically then submit the packet for you. Got my CWP emailed to me in about 2 weeks. 🙂 Super happy and verryyyy easy compared to other states!

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?

B-2
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B-2

Unlawful carry and unlawful possession are different. If you legally own a pistol but do not have a CWP then the charge should be for unlawful carry. That’s if you carried in the same manner as the laws that govern CWP holders. Unlawful carry in this case would be a misdemeanor and you shouldn’t be going to jail for it.

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

MARCEL ROYAL
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MARCEL ROYAL

Depends. If felony or in prison for more than a year. You would have to petition a judge

buddy
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buddy

Yes – As long as either of them are a felon.