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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    The Lowcountry, SC

    Gun in car w/ SC CWP

    Hello everyone,

    I have read the laws repeatedly but am still unclear about this:
    If I have a SC CWP, can I keep my gun in another place beside the glove box/console/or trunk of my car? The vehicle I'm driving has a tray beneath the driver seat that fits my LCP perfectly. I want to be sure that "concealed carry" allows for this with permit.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Great forum, by the way.
    Macy8---Ruger LCP, Ruger SR9, G36, G27, Ruger GP-100, S&W 642, Walther P-38, , HK 12gauge and a big-ass wrench.

  3. #2
    At this point in time, I think the answer is no. With that said, I think the intent of the cwp law allows you to.

    now, I hope that cleared that up! ;-)

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    South Carolina's Riverfront

    Just an opinion

    Hmmmm, I would get an official opinion on this one but the way I understand the law, under the seat is always illegal with a permit or not. Be best to either keep it on you or stick it in a glove box or console.

  5. #4
    This is where the 'not under the seat rule regardless' has a problem:

    I would presume it is legal for a woman (or a man) with a S.C. CWP to carry their concealed weapon in a purse while they are out and about in 'legal to carry' places. So what happens if the person carrying the purse, puts the purse under the seat, or on the seat?

    Just another example of the folks making laws that don't work.

    Since I go to folks (customer's) homes everday and it is illegal for me to carry in their house with out their permission, I have to leave my pistol in my vehical. It just so happens my vehical doesn't have either a glove box or center console, what to do?

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    The Lowcountry, SC
    Thanks Jeeper and Blume357...The gray area is quite nebulous regarding piece postitioning!
    Macy8---Ruger LCP, Ruger SR9, G36, G27, Ruger GP-100, S&W 642, Walther P-38, , HK 12gauge and a big-ass wrench.

  7. #6
    I don't get the difficulty.

    State Law allows anyone (legal to own one, of course) to carry a pistol in a closed container within their vehicle.

    You don't need a CCW to legally carry your firearm within your vehicle in a container.

    As a Cop for 23 years, and a Crime Scene/Property Tech for 17, I returned many firearms to owners inside of a closed brown paper bag.

    Feel free to await an "official ruling" from the Atty General while you lock up your safety at home.
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  8. #7
    I think you are wrong... this is why I said our law makers are often idiots....

    I have been taught that our state's car carry law for a hand gun only allows for carry in the glove box or a center console, no mention of a different type of container..

    If you have a CWP you can carry the handgun on your person... technically I don't think there is any leeway with this.

    but correct me if I'm wrong... and please quote the law. I understand the 'intent' of the glove/center console law and agree with how you see it...but that doesn't mean some other law enforcement person would or a prosecutor would either....

    Keep in mind, as another example... until about two years ago it was illegal for you to shoot a gun on my land. Did not matter if I had invited you over to shoot... according to how the laws were written it was basically illegal...

  9. #8
    Effective as of 5/14/08: A28, R50, H3310

    2007-2008 Bill 3310: Firearms - - LPITS


    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

    Carrying of handguns

    SECTION 1. Section 16-23-20(9) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 294 of 2004, is further amended to read:

    "(9) a person in a vehicle if the handgun is:

    (a) secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle; however, this item is not violated if the glove compartment, console, or trunk is opened in the presence of a law enforcement officer for the sole purpose of retrieving a driver's license, registration, or proof of insurance; or

    (b) concealed on or about his person, and he has a valid concealed weapons permit pursuant to the provisions of Article 4, Chapter 31, Title 23;"
    The misunderstanding the blume357 was saying is the reason that this bill was passed. Even though the previous laws said that a permit holder did not have to carry it on their person there were some areas where it was trying to be enforced. To clarify it this bill was passed which says that if you don't ahve a permit you can carry in your console......if you have a permit you can still carry in your console......or on orabout your person.

    The deal about it being illegal to shooot on someone else's land is news to me. I have never heard that.

  10. #9
    So, as I read the ammended law if you have a concealed permit you still can't have the hand gun anywhere else besides either on your person or in the glove box or center console... the closed container part is just for the luggage compartment as I understand the way it is written... still does not address a purse.

  11. #10
    I am not sure how you are reading it but you give up no method of carry by haveing a CWP. The changed was based in that incorrect interpretation. If you have a CWP you can have your gun any place that you would without a CWP plus on or about your person. You don't lose anything with a CWP.

    About the purse thing. Because the law does not directly address it there was a ruling from the AG (I don't have it available but have seen it) that a purse, briefcasse etc. is a proper form of carry. The original question for the AG wa concernig ladies being legal when carrying in a purse and the interpretation was that on or about your person was legal. This also includes sitting on the seat beside you in a car as long as it is covered up.
    Last edited by FN1910; 05-22-2008 at 08:47 AM.

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