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South Carolina is a “Shall Issue” state based on local law. Residents and Non-Residents are allowed to obtain conceal carry permits, as long as non-residents own property in the state.
Military personal are exempted, and applicants must be 21, have 20/40 vision, and have completed a training course. Non-resident permits are not honored from different states.
|Open Carry Permitted?||No|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes!|
|Carry In State Park?||Yes!|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes!|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||Yes!|
|Must Notify Officer?||Yes!|
Any individual who has a permit to conceal carry in another reciprocal U.S. state is legally allowed to carry a firearm in South Carolina. During their time in South Carolina, they will be subject to the laws of the county and state.
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 – 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
It 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. The Law 16.23.465
South Carolina does not have constitutional carry.
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.
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