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Overview for South Carolina

Anyone who can legally own a firearm in South Carolina may carry it loaded in their vehicle. It must be contained in the trunk, console, or glove box. It must be carried in one off those locations or it’s in violations of South Carolina law.

Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails

Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No No
Open Carry No No
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Yes Yes
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License No No

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Official Concealed Carry page for South Carolina.

South Carolina Concealed Carry Reciprocity

South Carolina Magazine Capacity


The possession and sale of teflon-coated ammunition is prohibited.

South Carolina Imitation Firearms

What is classified as an Imitation Firearm in South Carolina?

The following is a list of imitation firearms in South Carolina:

Does South Carolina have a gun buy back program?

South Carolina does not run, or fund any gun buyback programs.

Does South Carolina have an inheritance gun law?

South Carolina does not have an inheritance gun law.

South Carolina FAQ

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