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 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 Contacts

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Address 4400 Broad River Road

CityColumbia, SC29210

Phone (803) 896-7015

 

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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

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?

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.

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?????

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.

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,.

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.

Guns Area
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Guns Area

Does South Carolina recognize and have a reciprocity agreement with CCW issued from the state of Penna?
https://www.virginiaccwonline.com/most-selling-6-best-hand-guns-for-ladies/

Don
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Don

No it doesn’t, however you can get a PA non-resident License to Carry Firearms fairly easily. I am a SC resident and have family in York County and it didn’t take very long at all. I did need to go to the County Sheriff’s office for a picture though.

Don
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Don

I just realized I answered that backwards for you. Short answer: No, you cannot carry in SC with a PA issued LTCF.

Scott
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Scott

I have a question. If the United States Constitution allows an individual to carry a firearm openly. Then why the South Carolina among several other states take it upon themselves to remove that right? I don’t understand how that’s not an egregious violation of the Constitution. The Constitution should overrule any state laws. As it was meant to be a blanket Constitution that protects all citizens in the United States. I firmly believe not having the right to open carry has contributed to thousands of homicides that could have been prevented or at least mitigated if someone had been carrying… Read more »

Joey
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Joey

a misdemeanor should not hold you from getting a concealed weapons permit in the state of SC. States have the legal right to make Federal laws more strict, in oppose to the opposite. If federal law said it must be concealed, the state can not make it an open carry law.

Liz Slate
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Liz Slate

Quick question ! What’s the laws on guns as far as clubs or bars in South Carolina? If the place has no signs saying u can’t have one ; can you ? Long as you are not drinking?? I looked for this but no luck on answers !!

C M Metcalf
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C M Metcalf

You can carry concealed (no open carry) into eating establishments or bars as long as (1) you have a valid SC cc Permit or a CC permit from a state that is reciprocal with SC; (2) you consume no alcohol on the premises; and (3) there is no sign prohibited concealed carry for the premises.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I think it’s crazy how Alabama recognizes a SC permit, but they don’t recognize an Alabama permit. That’s bull! The whole permit thing is crap anyway. The 2nd amendment says I have the RIGHT to KEEP and BEAR arms. That sounds like a permit to me! By making me purchase a permit is infringing on my rights as an American citizen.

Iris
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Iris

I recently received my CWP after almost 5 months. The waiting period states up to 90 days. What it doesn’t state is that it does not include weekends or holidays. This needs to be stated in the waiting time information. I was quite surprised when I called to see if my application had been processed. I had been a Federal government employee of which I retired from, for 21 years and numerous background checks that were completed periodically. My question is this, why does it take so long? I have family in Pa. and they were amazed that it took… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

I know how you feel – I’m retired military, held a TS security clearance for 20 years, had had a CCW from Colorado and then Kentucky for over 20 years, have never been arrested/charged with any crimes, and it STILL took over three months to get my permit issued when I moved here. Crazy…

Brian P
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Brian P

They have a small crew processing the applications and the wait is 90 days. Presently they are starting an online renewal process with the same people that do TSA, CDL Hazmat, Twic Cards, and TSA Pre Check credentials. This is supposed to take only a few weeks when it gets going well.

Douglas Avant
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Douglas Avant

They should at least have a system that one can call in to check on their application status. 90+ days is for the birds as is the cost . They treat our 2nd amendment rights here as a privilege. And thats just WRONG.

noah cagle
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noah cagle

is it illegal for an 18 year old to own a handgun and keep it locked up in their home?

Joey
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Joey

You are legally allowed to own a handgun at the age of 18. Although, you would not be able to purchase from a licenses dealer until the age of 21. Private sales still can be conducted with a person who is 18+.

Sirgma
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Sirgma

Is there a waiting time for a CWP in SC after DUI conviction?

Joey
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Joey

misdemeanors will need to be expunged, time lapsed, or official override from the judge.

Bill
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Bill

If you accidentally reveal your weapon and someone witness the this is it against the law in non open carry States.

Douglas Avant
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Douglas Avant

it is illegal in SC to do so but usually you will just get a warning. But an officer of the law can charge you at their discretion .

Joe
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Joe

It only states handguns it says nothing about long guns

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long guns are 100% legal without a license. just dont take it to the banned places

Tony Wise
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Tony Wise

If you are open carrying it might make a thief think twice about robbing you

Douglas Avant
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Douglas Avant

you will also be placed under arrest in s.c. for doing so . I know Im former law enforcement and think that concealing is more dangerous than just plain constitutional carry. but that is open for debate.

Mack
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Mack

Can I open carry to and from hunting and fishing?
Years ago I used to carry my shot gun on a rack in open view is this still legal ?

Joey
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Joey

Yes, you can carry your long guns on a rack, as long as they are not loaded and the ammo is separated from the gun. Although, you must clearly show you are traveling to and from a hunting grounds. Not possessing a hunting licenses, off season, or anything of a clear indication that you would be going to or returning from a hunt would be unlawful.

Will
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Will

Can a SC resident Legally buy a pistol from a private party?

Will
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Will

EDIT***a SC resident that is 18 years of age. (Being under the age of21) *

Joey
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Joey

Yes. 18+ can purchase from a private seller of a handgun and or long gun. Although you would not be able to purchase a handgun from a licensed dealer, you could how ever purchase a long rifle from a dealer.

Coolwater
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Coolwater

I’ve lived in sc my whole 36 years or living and until I saw someone walk into Walmart (ignorantly with their gun in open carry state ) standing in line talking to his friend and a child behind him reaching for it without him paying attention. Made me totally rethink this topic! concealed has the element of surprise and safety!

Scott
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Scott

I only open carry when deep woods camping because I take it mostly for “bear” defense. It is also almost imposible to conceal a large caliber high capacity hand gun and have it readily accessible in a moment’s notice. Seconds count in the woods where I could be the one surprised! I am moving to SC and have to deal with it if I want to backpack camp there, any suggestions?

Tim
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Tim

Dont go to SC?

Stephen
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Stephen

I’d call the South Carolina park rangers and ask their opinion. Concealed carry laws and open carry laws generally deal with being in public locations in which groups of people congregate and less to do with agricultural and hunting laws, but I’d still err on the side of caution. I know when I went backpacking with a group of friends up in North Carolina, the park rangers had absolutely no trouble with me carrying a 12 gauge for Bear defense… But that was also North Carolina. But a park ranger won’t snub you for asking something like that – if… Read more »

Joey
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Joey

You are legally allowed to carry open carry on state park grounds, only during a hunting session. You can open carry on private grounds.

SirJake
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SirJake

Strange question here. If only federally licensed dealers are required to initiate. a background check, then if I purchase a gun from a non federally licensed dealer then I would not be subjected to a back ground check correct? I’m am just inquiring because I am not sure if I would or would not pass a background check. I had some trouble with the law and was on 2/yra probation. I complied and then was released. It was for felony, but my probation officer told me that I had no felonies when I was released. I know for a fact… Read more »

Tim
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Tim

Try to purchase a gun, to that should be a good litmus test.

Stephen
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Stephen

I’d pay for your own background check. They’re not hard to get since employers run them all the time for applicants for employment. There are companies that can run one for you, especially if you are doing it on yourself (just like you can run your own credit report). If the felony shows up, you can’t own a firearm of any sort, anywhere, at any time without having the felony expunged by the charging state (and I’m not sure if that clears the firearms apsect). If it doesn’t show up, then all bets are off – buy away! Err on… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

Go to your county courthouse and they will print out your records. It’s free.

Joey
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Joey

You could have your local police check your background. If the seller or purchaser would think that you may have a criminal background the sell should not take place. Both parties are held accountable.

patrick
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patrick

Does South Carolina recognize and have a reciprocity agreement with CCW issued from the state of Penna?

Iris
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Iris

Pennsylvania is NOT on the list of reciprocity with South Carolina. There is a map that shows states that do and do not honor the CCW of South Carolina. I looked this up because my family lives in Pa. and it kinda sucks traveling alone.

mike
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mike

as a tourist traveling from Pennsylvania to south Carolina what do I do about protection since pa is not on the list for receprocity

Stephen
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Stephen

Pepper spray, ball bat, jujitsu, or get close to Chuck Norris. Just don’t carry a firearm on your person. In your car, unloaded, with any ammunition in another area of your car and in the designated locations noted up above, you’ll be good there – but definitely not on your person.

Scott Brown
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Scott Brown

You can carry in South Carolina you just can’t open carry. And you can’t have it on your person. But you can keep it in your car in the glove box as long as it’s not visible

Kelli
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Kelli

Is it illegal to travel from Georgia to WV with an unloaded, locked up AR15?

Kelli
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Kelli

P.S. I would be traveling through SC, NC, Virginia and then home in WV…

Razor
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Razor

If you have a cwp and the handgun is in the holster can you put your concealed carry in anywhere you like in the car? Or it has to be in the center close console and glovebox?

Joey
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Joey

Concealed carry, is a very powerful word. especially “carry” in order to follow the law as CWP holder the gun must be concealed and in your possession. If you are not carrying, the handgun can still be loaded, but must be in a lockable storage area. The new amendments state that a handgun can be loaded and placed in a center console, but does not necessarily have to be locked, just lockable.

Ray Smith
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Ray Smith

I am a Indiana resident with a license to carry in my state. I am getting ready to make a trip to South Carolina and I see that they do not honor Indiana permits. I believe from what I have read on this site that I can have my weapon in my car as long as it is in the glove box or the trunk, and not on or near myself. I just want to make sure I am understanding this correctly as I do not need or want any kind of trouble.
Thank you

Stephen
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Stephen

Glove box or trunk and I believe it has to be cased in the trunk. Cannot have a loaded clip in it or a round in the chamber, and any loaded clips have to be in a separate location of the car such as the center console. And do not have the gun under your seat – that’s one I’ve heard to be a big no-no for non-SC permit holders.

Darrell
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Darrell

Stephen, please do not give out information if you are not positive that it is correct. The law on vehicle carry is, as stated above. “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… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Mailed my South Carolina CCW application on March 30, 2018 and it was received on April 2, 2018. It’s well over 90 days that processing time that’s stated by law. I sent an email inquiry and finally answered the phone at SLED. I was told that it was going to take more time to process because of a new processing system? State law mandates that applications are to be processed within 90 days in SC but who enforces that and what are the consequences for a permit not processed in due time? I’m confused. Is there anybody out there having… Read more »

Stephen
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Stephen

I’m currently under the exact same issue as I took my course on March 10th and it was received by SLED on April 12th. I was told by SLED whenever I called to inquire and they said that it now normally takes exactly 90 days or slightly longer because of the new electronic system that they’re implementing. There’s only 4 employees in Columbia that process these applications and they receive hundreds of applications a week, having to check every single letter of the application and also background checks and what have you. So if you haven’t received any notice or… Read more »

Parker
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Parker

Found out this morning that the 90 days does not include weekends or holidays. Per the person that answered the phone. Even though the law clearly stated 90 days and no mention of holidays or weekends. This potentially adds another 30 days of waiting time without a holiday being considered.

Iris
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Iris

I was told the same thing about holidays and weekends when I called to find out why I’d still not received mine, but nothing about new system delaying processing. When we took our class, the instructor stated that we needed to submit our applications before a certain time because SC would be implementing a new system.

Randy E Dailey
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Randy E Dailey

Do I need to take a training course , having a lifetime ccl from another State . I’m buying a house in Lexington South Carolina.

Victor Becerra
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Victor Becerra

Yes sir, I believe you do. I am on the same boat also moving to Lexington area from Texas.

Reginald Frazier
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Reginald Frazier

If I’m CCW from another state, Illinois, can I carry in South Carolina ???

Victor
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Victor

I don’t believe so, look at the map above. Illinois is in red.

Stephen
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Stephen

You’ll definitely need to apply for the SC CCW. Not only did you relocate (which voids your prior CCW anyhow), Illinois doesn’t even reciprocate.

Alan J. Boudreau
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Alan J. Boudreau

I just move to SC, I have CWP permits from CT(Res), NH(NR), FL(NR). I am also retired Army Officer 24 Years(DD214), NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, NRA Basic Pistol Instr, Firearm Home Safety Instructor. Do I need to take training in SC for my CWP or will I be exempt?

Victor
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Victor

According to what I read from above, you will not have to take the full training only a part of it. I know I read that because that applied to me as well.

John
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John

When a person doesn’t have a CCW permit and transports a firearm in a glove box or console are they required to notify law enforcement of the weapon? From what I read only a CCW permit carrier is required to notify law enforcement.

Macten
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Macten

As soon as the Officer who pulls you over runs your tag, he will know if you have a permit or not. You MUST inform him FIRST THING before chit-chat or he will not be happy. He might ask if you have a weapon or he might not, but you do not need to inform him if you have no permit. Always be truthful, the LEO’s appreciate that.

Stephen
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Stephen

Always a great idea to inform, regardless. No law enforcement likes a surprise, if you catch my drift. But as for ‘duty to inform’ laws, it depends on the state legislation. SC is a duty to inform state, so if the permit holders are required to inform, I imagine non-holders don’t have an excuse beyond gross ignorance.

Matt
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Matt

I moved to SC from Virginia several months ago and I’m currently a permanent resident of SC. I have a conceal carry permit from VA that is valid until 2022. Is my conceal carry permit from VA still valid in SC or do I need to get a SC conceal carry permit? I know that VA & SC have reciprocity but does the fact that I’m now a SC resident negate my VA CC permit?

Stephen
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Stephen

It does. Your CCW is only valid if you are a resident of that state, regardless of reciprocation. Reciprocation simply means if you visit a state that reciprocates to the state of your residency (the one of which you have your license in), they’ll honor your permit to carry – BUT under THEIR the laws and legislation. So know the laws of the states you visit! But if you relocate to another state, you surrender your carrying permit of your previous residency and must reapply for the permit in which you now reside.

Gary
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Gary

I’m from Indiana and will be traveling to South Carolina. I have a permit in Indiana. Can I leave the gun loaded in my car?

Bob c
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Bob c

If I move to sc and have a carry license in ma do have retake courses and or what is the process to get a sc license? Thnxs

Joey
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Joey

Yes.

Raven
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Raven

Does an electric company count as federal property? Can you have a gun in your vehicle while there? At the VA you can’t even have one in your car, and I’ve never actually gone to the power company to pay a bill, but certain circumstances have required me to do so for this month.

Joey
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Joey

The electrical company it self is not a federal entity, although check for legal signs and postages.

James
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James

Under “other ccw statutes” – “23.31.215-reciprocity” , states that in-spite of non reciprocal states, SC automatically recognizes NC and GA ccw permits. Am I understanding that correctly? Provision does effectively recognize GA/NC ccw as reciprocal in SC?

Peter
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Peter

From a legal perspective I am looking for some clarity. I am a Uk passport holder married to an American we only spend a few months a year in the USA.
The wife owns both a hand gun and a shot gun- all registered to our S.C. address.I am not resident of the state nor am I the registered owner of our property however I often drive our truck with the firearm either locked in a case placed in the back of the truck or in the centre console.
Is this a violation?

KD Ponder
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KD Ponder

SC does not register weapons.

Mike
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Mike

I haven’t seen anything regarding long guns except it is legal to open carry a shotgun or rifle in sc. I’m not gonna test this theory until I am exactly sure of everything, and still don’t plan on walking down the street with an ar strapped to myself. I have wondered tho about a legal 18” shotgun loaded on the front seat of the car, it won’t fit in a dash, and no, it’s not a sbs (short barreled shotgun) it’s 18” barrel and a 5” talon hand grip I believe is the proper name. It’ll hold 8 rounds 12gauge… Read more »

J.J.
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J.J.

I am also wondering the same thing for nearly the same situation. I have also noticed that long guns are acceptable (I’m sure that it can only be done in authorized locations), but I’m curious about the where, when and how. What I’d like to do is be able to go for a hike with a full-sized shotgun slung to my front (or rear). Yes, I’m sure it would be easier if I get a hunting licence and hike during hunting season in authorized hunting areas. Even so, why must I (and anyone who’d like to join me) to be… Read more »

Joey
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Joey

Carrying a long gun in your cabin is completely legal. Although, it must be unloaded and separate from its ammo’. At the same time, you would only allowed to do this traveling to and from a state or private hunting ground and would have to display true meaning of doing so. You can not legally drive around with your long guns day in and day out displayed in the back window of your truck.

Samdy
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Samdy

What is brandishing?

Ginger
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Ginger

Publicly waving or showing a weapon in an aggressive or dominant manner. Causing fear to surrounding people.

Stephen
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Stephen

Brandishing is not only by motions deemed ‘agressive’; revealing your firearm in any means to the general public also falls under the definition of brandishing, either intentional or unintentional. If your shirt either fails to hide the shape or entirety of your weapon, that is a form of brandishing known as printing. Having your hand sitting on your weapon even though it’s hidden under your clothing is also considered brandishing. The idea is for the general public to have no knowledge of your position as an armed civilan, hence why it’s called ‘concealed carry’. They don’t ask/know, you don’t tell.

john krienke
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john krienke

I would think that a state that gives reciprocity to the state of ga would honor the laws of said state now my problem is that I am not permitted to open carry in sc and by law I can open carry in ga

Robert Berry
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Robert Berry

I have a Concealed Carry permit from Florida where I moved from to Mt Pleasant , SC. Do I have to take firearm training in South Carolina to get a permit here?

Bryan R Pesce
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Bryan R Pesce

yes

Wayne
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Wayne

Can I have a loaded hand gun in a long term stay at a motel or efficiency apt. without a permit?

KEYLA
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KEYLA

Why are the laws so weird and different from California is this supposed to be a joke or something this is so um….
how do i explain this difficult conversation . I mean yes- without a permit open carry . !OMG JUST WOW!

samuel heller
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samuel heller

Not legal to have weapon in the car with CCW seems to be at cross purposes with the whole CCW philosophy. How can this be true.