South Carolina Open Carry

Open carry is not legal in South Carolina with or without a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or recognized out-of-state permit/license.

There is no minimum age to open carry in South Carolina since open carry is not legal.

Open carrying in a vehicle is also not legal. You may carry concealed in a vehicle with an South Carolina Handgun License or a recognized state’s permit or license. Without a recognized license or permit, loaded handguns may be carried in a closed glove compartment. Rifles and shotguns may be loaded while in the trunk or passenger area unless you are in a state park, recreational area or wildlife area during hunting season. In this case, all long guns must be unloaded and secured in cases even if you have a permit..

The following is a list of places that are off-limits when carrying a concealed weapon in South Carolina:

  1. Law enforcement office or facility
  2. Detention or correctional facility
  3. Courthouse or courtroom
  4. Polling place on election days
  5. Office of or the business meeting the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special purpose district
  6. School or college athletic event not related to firearms
  7. Daycare or preschool facility
  8. Place where federal law prohibits the carrying of firearms
  9. Church or other established religious sanctuary unless express permission is given by the appropriate church official or governing body
  10. Medical services facilities unless expressly authorized by the employer.
  11. Place clearly marked with a sign prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon on the premises pursuant to Sections 23-31-220 and 23-31-235. Except that a property owner or an agent acting on his behalf, by express written consent, may allow individuals of his choosing to enter onto property regardless of any posted sign to the contrary. A person who violates a provision of this item, whether the violation is wilful or not, may only be charged with a violation of Section 16-11-620 and must not be charged with or penalized for a violation of this subsection.

Except as provided for in item (11), a person who wilfully violates a provision of this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both, at the discretion of the court and have his permit revoked for five years.

For concealed carry information, visit our South Carolina Concealed Carry page.

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  • BSM60

    I have an Alabama CCW, What do I need to do (license wise) to be legal when passing through South Carolina.

  • Ray S

    As someone who is living in SC this dumb “no open carry” law makes me envy those in NC across the border.

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