State Gun Laws - South Carolina - Saul Roth

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By Saul Roth

Here’s an overview of gun laws in the state of South Carolina. Please note that laws can change over time, so it’s always a good idea to consult the most current and official sources or legal professionals for the most up-to-date information.

Permits and Licensing:

1. South Carolina requires a permit to purchase handguns, but not for the purchase of rifles or shotguns.
2. To obtain a permit to purchase a handgun, applicants must undergo a background check and meet certain eligibility criteria, including being at least 21 years old.

Firearm Purchase and Transfers:

1. South Carolina requires a background check for all firearm sales, including sales by licensed firearms dealers and private sales. The background check is conducted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines:

1. South Carolina does not have a specific ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines.

Safe Storage and Reporting:

1. South Carolina does not have specific laws regarding the safe storage of firearms. However, it is generally recommended to store firearms in a safe and secure manner to prevent unauthorized access.

2. There is no specific requirement to report the loss or theft of a firearm in South Carolina, but it is advisable to report such incidents to local law enforcement.

Carrying Firearms:

1. South Carolina is a “shall-issue” state for concealed carry permits. The state issues permits to qualified applicants who meet the statutory requirements.

2. Open carry of firearms is generally allowed in South Carolina without a permit, except in certain restricted areas such as government buildings, schools, and private property where firearms are prohibited.

Stand Your Ground Law:

1. South Carolina has a “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows individuals to use force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it is necessary to protect themselves or others from imminent harm or the commission of a violent crime. There is no duty to retreat in such circumstances.

It’s important to consult the official South Carolina Code of Laws or seek legal advice to obtain comprehensive and up-to-date information on the specific provisions and requirements of South Carolina’s gun laws.