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Gun carry laws in South Carolina

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2019 | Misdemeanors

Regardless of your positions on gun control, there may be many reasons that you want to learn about the laws in South Carolina regarding the right to carry a gun. This is especially important if you wish to own a gun so that you do not inadvertently break one of these laws. Every state has unique laws so you cannot simply assume that what you knew to be legal in another state is legal in South Carolina.

According to, the state of South Carolina does not allow you to openly carry a gun in public. You may, however, have a gun in your possession in some places. It is important that you be aware of and watch for signs that indicate weapons are not allowed. It is legal for individual businesses to bar people from entry if they have a gun with them at the time. If you wish to go to a restaurant and have a gun with you, it is illegal for you to drink an alcoholic beverage while there.

When it comes to transporting a gun in your car, if you do not have a permit, you must ensure the gun is in a console that is closed, in a closed glove box or in the trunk or other designated storage area of the vehicle. 

If you would like to learn more about the laws governing carrying guns and what you are allowed and not allowed to do where, please feel free to visit the gun carry regulations page of our South Carolina criminal defense website.


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