Concealed Carry State Laws In South Carolina
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in South Carolina refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in South Carolina are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In South Carolina
While in South Carolina there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in South Carolina the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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Article 1, Section 20 of the South Carolina State Constitutional Provision states: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
South Carolina is a "shall issue" concealed carry (CCW) permit state. No permit is required to purchase rifles, shotguns, or handguns. South Carolina also has a "Castle Doctrine" legal protection in the use of deadly force against intruders into one's home, business, or car. Non-South Carolina residents are not eligible for the South Carolina concealed carry permit.
A Connecticut gun manufacturer is moving to South Carolina after Connecticut lawmakers passed stricter gun-control laws. PTR Industries has made the formal announcement at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was attended by South Carolina Republican Governor Nikki Haley. The company is going to Horry County, which includes Myrtle Beach which has approved a resolution setting out the terms of the company's move.
South Carolina’s preemption statute is set forth as follows: “No governing body of any county, municipality, or other political subdivision in the State may enact or promulgate any regulation or ordinance that regulates or attempts to regulate: The transfer, ownership, possession, carrying, or transportation of firearms, ammunition, components of firearms, or any combination of these things.”
South Carolina is not a traditional open carry state. You cannot even open carry with a South Carolina CCW permit. However, you may carry a loaded firearm in the glove box or console of your vehicle while traveling and to and from your accommodations.
South Carolina is a “shall-issue” state, Qualified applicants must be at least 21 years of age and not be barred from possessing a gun under state or federal law. Unlike most states, South Carolina also has a vision requirement for carry permit applicants. To receive a permit, applicants must have proof of 20/40 vision, or proof of corrected to 20/40 vision.
Concealed Carry (CCW) permits in South Carolina are issued by the local Sheriff’s office or Chiefs of Police, whichever jurisdiction you reside in.
US Precision Defense is the utmost internet resource for all things relating to concealed and open carry in the country.
Al Cannon, the sheriff of Charleston County, South Carolina declared that he’ll disregard proposed gun restrictions that he considers unconstitutional. This referring to the proposed gun control laws being attempted by liberals in the U.S. congress. The Sheriff went on to say: “As a law enforcement officer, and we have an obligation, although it rarely comes into play, but we have an obligation to … enforce lawful laws, if you will. Constitutional laws. It’s very similar to the responsibility that a military member has on the one hand, obey orders but he’s obligated not to follow unlawful orders. And it’s left up to the individual to make that decision,” We at US Precision Defense applaud the Sheriff for his willingness to stand up for what he knows to be the right, just, and lawful thing to do…
In 2013 In an already strong pro-gun state, it can’t be easy to come up with ideas for making it more pro-gun, yet legislators have risen to the challenge: They have introduced multiple pro-gun bills.
The following is just a partial sampling that was issued by the South Carolina Sheriff’s association, it is one of the best statement of its kind; In response to the many inquiries regarding the recent tragic events in Connecticut and California, and the ensuing public dialogue concerning “gun control” or “restrictions“, the forty-six elected sheriffs of South Carolina, who are the acknowledged public safety authority within their respective counties, will comply faithfully to their Oath of Office to, “preserve and protect and defend the Constitution of this State and of the United States.” US Precision Defense agrees with the statement and strongly suggests that all residents of South Carolina go to the associations website and read the statement in its entirety.
There are currently four and soon to be five (5) firearms manufacturers in South Carolina; PTR industries (moving into the state) Citizins Firearms, Fn Manufacturing LLC, Jarrett Rifles Inc, and Winslow Arms Co Inc.
South Carolina is considered one of the top pro-gun and second amendment rights states in the country. US Precision Defense has a large free access database of firearms instructors, shooting ranges, and gun smiths along with a members only section and an on-line store of shooting accessories.