South Carolina Gun Laws

South Carolina Gun Laws

South Carolina State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                                              

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES


South Carolina is a "shall issue" concealed carry permit state.


State Self-Defense Law Review: Always Consult An Attorney


Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places

Yes, until South Carolina courts clarify the new castle doctrine

Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

None mentioned

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Dwelling, Residence, occupied vehicle, place of business

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

Yes - When unlawful entry plus forcible entry or unlawful and forcible attempt to remove persons from dwelling, residencre or occupied vehicle

Immunity from Civil liability

Yes, at least with respect to defense of persons at their residences, places of business or in occupied vehicles

Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law



How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in South Carolina

In South Carolina a person must apply for a concealed weapons permit with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. The first step is filling out the state application, Click Here for the application.  

The state website has all the information you will need to apply for the issuance of a CCW including the following topics: Click HERE for the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division

o          State Gun Laws

o          Concealed Weapons Permit Application

o          Non-Resident CWP Form

o          Concealed Weapons Instructor / Student Checklist

o          Reciprocity

o          Protection of Persons and Property Act

o          Duplication/Replacement Form

o          Concealed Weapon Online Permit Renewal

o          Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor Renewal Application

o          Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor Renewal Cover Letter

o          Concealed Weapons Permit Statistics

o          CWP Instructor Listing