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South Carolina issues gun permits for concealed carry of firearms in the state.
You must meet all requirements provided by South Carolina pistol permit law before you apply for the gun license.
South Carolina is a shall-issue state for pistol license application, and the state Law enforcement division is in charge of the process.
South Carolina does not issue a purchase permit to buy firearms.
The age requirement to apply for a gun permit in South Carolina is twenty-one years old, and it is for only those who have legal rights to possess firearms.
South Carolina does not allow open carry of firearms in the state, regardless of if you are a pistol permit holder.
For the use of machine guns, large capacity firearms, and military weapons, you must be a federally licensed individual before you can have them in your possession.
The state defines machine guns as weapons that can shoot automatically more than once after a single pull on the trigger.
South Carolina also prohibits the use of Teflon coated ammunition in the state.
South Carolina requirements to apply for gun permits as provided by gun laws of the state include the following:
A summary of firearms permits issued in South Carolina includes the following:
The processes to apply for South Carolina pistol permit includes the following:
You must apply for a recognized South Carolina firearm training class before the application procedure.
Review the concealed carry guide for South Carolina pistol permit application, and download the application form online
You can either submit your application physically, go to the IdentoGo site for online registration, or submit it via mail.
For the online application, visit the IdentoGo site and make an appointment. You can then submit, take your fingerprint and send it electronically.
Some of the documents you have to submit with the application form include the following:
Military members that are actively in service must provide a military order, while retired and honorably discharged members must provide proof.
Retired law enforcement officers, honorably discharged members of the military, and disabled veterans are exemptions for CCW permit fees in South Carolina.
The address to mail your application is the law enforcement division data center, Columbia, South Carolina 29221-1398. P.O. BOX 21398.
For the permit renewal process, you will receive a mail renewal within ninety to one hundred and twenty days before the permit’s expiration.
For permits that have expired for more than eighteen months, you must first complete a paper renewal application and submit the current copy of your driver’s license.
Note that there is no online option for renewal application in South Carolina.
The cost of initial and renewal permit applications in South Carolina is fifty dollars.
South Carolina will accept pistol permits from states that accept its pistol license.
Other aspects of its reciprocity include the following:
You can possess firearms in South Carolina if you have a pistol permit from any of these states. But you must comply with all South Carolina gun laws while at it.
These states will allow pistol license holders in South Carolina to possess firearms within their territory and according to their gun laws. The states include the following:
Before you possess firearms in these states with your South Carolina gun permit, you must meet other individual requirements. They state are:
In these states, you do not need a pistol permit to open or concealed carry. As long as you meet the minimum age requirements for the possession of firearms, you can handle guns. Most of the states are constitutional carry states.
Some of the most frequently asked questions you should know about pistol permit in South Carolina, its application, renewal and other information are:
Yes. You cannot conceal carry firearms in South Carolina if you do not have a pistol permit issued in the state.
South Carolina pistol license is valid for five years, after which you have to apply for a pistol license.
Only non-residents that are property owners in South Carolina and those that are members of the military posted to the state can apply for its pistol permit.
The process is the same as that of residents’ application.
For any change of address or name, you must first write the South Carolina law enforcement division within ten days of effecting the change and send a payment of five dollars.
The law enforcement division will issue a new license with the new name or the new address.
Failure to notify the law enforcement division means that you will pay a fine of twenty-five dollars.
You will continue to use your current permit before you get the new permit with your updated details.
After receiving the updated permit, return the old one to the South Carolina law enforcement division.
For missing or stolen pistol permits, apply for a replacement permit using the online application system. This will cost a five dollars fee.
You will also receive the replacement permit via mail after the law enforcement division has processed it.
New residents can apply for a pistol permit as soon as they have proof of residency in South Carolina.
Suppose you are moving out of South Carolina to live in another state. In that case, you have to submit the permit to a law enforcement division because it expires immediately if you establish residency in the state.
No, with or without a gun license in South Carolina, you cannot open carry firearms because the state prohibits it.
You must be at least twenty-one years old to apply for a pistol license in South Carolina.
South Carolina does not issue a license to buy firearms in the state.
Yes, if you are a South Carolina pistol permit holder, you do not have to undergo a criminal record background check before buying firearms in the state.
No, there are no requirements that you must be a licensee before the possession of firearms in your home, personal property, or any building you occupy either by lease or rent.
Yes, you must complete a firearm training that covers all essential requirements to conceal carry and apply for a pistol license according to South Carolina gun laws.
The processing period for the application of South Carolina gun license is ninety days.
Yes, you must be a federally licensed individual before you can possess assault weapons like machine guns, semi-automatic firearms, and military weapons.
Other exempted personnel are military members and law enforcement officers.
Yes, the state has the authority to regulate firearms within its territories, but local municipalities and the government can control the careless discharge of firearms within their boundaries.
If you have a pistol permit license, you can conceal carry while hunting in South Carolina. However, it is a prohibition to use such firearms to take down wildlife during hunting.
You must be at least eighteen years old to possess firearms in South Carolina.
Some South Carolina pistol permit laws relating to the possession of firearms in the state include the following:
You can carry firearms in private vehicles with or without a pistol permit issued by the state or anyone from a state that it recognizes.
But if you are carrying without a pistol permit, the firearm must be safe and stored away in the trunk of the vehicle, the glove compartment, or any other case.
[S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-20].
According to the statute, S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-420(f)], you can possess firearms in roadside areas of the state if you have a South Carolina pistol license or anyone issued by a state it recognizes.
The laws, S.C. Code Ann. § 51-3-145(G)] [S.C. DNR Public Lands Regulations § 123-203(B)], indicate that you can conceal carry firearms in state parks, forests, and wildlife management areas. Also, visit the website of these parks for more information on their concealed carry policies.
You can conceal carry in restaurant and bar areas of the state as long as you have a South Carolina gun permit or a permit from a state it recognizes.
However, you cannot possess firearms if there is a post prohibiting such, or you are not under the influence of alcohol.
[S.C. Code Ann. §16-23-465]
A person in charge of a hotel can refuse to provide accommodation to anyone in possession of a firearm or any weapon believed to be dangerous.
Hotel management can develop gun policies for the possession of firearms in their facilities. Therefore you are not automatically allowed to carry firearms if you are a permit holder.
For other information, visit the hotel website.
[S.C. Code Ann. §§ 45-2-30(A)(1)(4) and 45-2-60)]