It is unlawful to carry a firearm onto private or public school property (not including roads which are open to public traffic) or into any publicly-owned building without express permission. This prohibition does not apply to law enforcement officers, or to concealed weapons permittees when they are upon property that is part of an interstate highway rest area facility. READ ALL
It is unlawful to carry about the person a handgun concealed or unconcealed except as follows:
- Law enforcement officers and prison guards while they are on duty.
- Members of the armed forces, reserve forces, National Guard, or State Militia, when on duty.
- Members of organizations authorized by law to buy or receive firearms from the United States or South Carolina, or regularly enrolled members of target shooting or firearms collecting clubs while these members are at or going to or from their places of target practice or their shows and exhibits.
- Licensed hunters or fishermen while engaged in hunting or fishing or going to or from their places of hunting or fishing.
- Persons while possessing, using, or carrying a handgun in the usual or ordinary course of their business involving firearms.
- Authorized military or civil organizations and their members while parading or going to and from the places of their respective organizations.
- Any person in his home, or upon his real property, or fixed place of business.
- Any person in a vehicle where the handgun is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console or closed trunk, or in a closed container "secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle." The handgun may be loaded. If the person has been issued a concealed weapon permit pursuant to state law, the person also may secure his weapon under a seat in a vehicle, or in any open or closed storage compartment within the vehicle’s passenger compartment, or concealed on or about his person in the vehicle. The 'luggage compartment' means the trunk of a motor vehicle for vehicles that have a trunk; for vehicles which do not have a trunk, ‘luggage compartment’ means the area in which the manufacturer designed that luggage be carried or the area of the motor vehicle in which luggage is customarily carried. In a station wagon, van, hatchback vehicle, truck, or sport utility vehicle, the term ‘luggage compartment’ refers to the area behind the rearmost seat.
- Any person carrying an unloaded handgun in a secure wrapper from the place of purchase to his home, fixed place of business or while moving.
- Any person who is granted a permit under provision of law by the State Law Enforcement Division and who carries a handgun within the limitations of the permit.
The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) shall issue a permit to carry a handgun to a person who is a resident of South Carolina, or a non-resident who owns property in South Carolina, or to military personnel on permanent change of station orders; who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm; who is at least 21;and who provides a completed application; a photocopy of a driver’s license or photographic identification card; proof of residence (or if the person is a non-resident, proof of ownership of real property in the state); proof of actual or corrected 20/40 vision or presentation of a valid SC driver's license; proof of training; and fingerprints.
Permits and renewals are valid for four years (permits issued after Feb. 11, 2014 are valid for five years) and cost $50. An appeal from a denial of a permit may be taken to the Chief of the State Law Enforcement Division. Renewal is available upon payment of a $50 renewal fee, completion of a renewal application and submission of the applicant’s valid picture identification or a facsimile copy. Once a permit holder is no longer a resident of the state or, in the case of a non-resident, ceases to own property in the state, the permit is void and must be surrendered to a sheriff, police department, a SLED agent, or by certified mail, to the Chief of SLED. It is an offense to fail to surrender a permit when required to do so.
A permit holder must have his permit card in his or her possession whenever he or she carries a concealable weapon.
A concealed carry permit does not authorize the holder to carry a concealed weapon into a:
- Law enforcement facility.
- Detention or correctional facility.
- Courthouse or courtroom.
- Polling place on election days.
- 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.
- Hospital, medical clinic, doctor’s office, or any other facility where medical services or procedures are performed unless expressly authorized by the employer.
- Church or other established religious sanctuary unless express permission is given by an appropriate official or governing body.
- Place clearly marked with a sign prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon on the premises pursuant to Sections 23‑31‑220 (public or private employer or private property) and 23‑31‑235 (sign requirements), except that a property owner or an agent acting on his behalf, by express written consent, may allow individuals of his choosing to enter onto property regardless of any posted sign to the contrary.
- Residence or dwelling place of another person without the express permission of the owner or person in legal control or possession.
A person or entity in legal possession or control of property may prohibit the carrying of concealable weapons by posting signs, as required by law, expressing the prohibition at each entrance to the building.
A property owner, holder of a lease interest, or operator of a business may request that a person carrying a concealable weapon leave the business premises, or any portion of the premises, or request that a person carrying a concealable weapon remove the concealable weapon from the business premises or any portion of the premises. A person carrying a concealable weapon who refuses to leave when so requested, or refuses to remove the concealable weapon from the premises when requested, may be charged and upon conviction, be fined not more than two thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
The carrying of loaded rifles and shotguns may be limited to certain areas during game seasons and is prohibited at all times in certain designated areas. It is unlawful in any park or facility under the jurisdiction of the S.C. Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism to possess any firearm except in areas specifically designated for use of firearms. Licensed hunters may have firearms in their possession during hunting seasons provided such firearms are unloaded and carried in a case or trunk of a vehicle. These prohibitions do not apply to a person carrying a concealable weapon with a permit.
Any person convicted of carrying a pistol or firearm onto the premises of a business which sells alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises shall be subject to an additional penalty of up to 2 years' imprisonment and/or a $2,000 fine. This does not apply to a person carrying a concealable weapon pursuant to and in compliance with the state concealed weapon permit laws; however, for this exemption to apply, the permit holder cannot consume any alcoholic beverages while carrying the concealable weapon on the business premises. Otherwise, the same penalty (up to 2 years' imprisonment and/or $2,000 fine) may apply.HIDE