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SC Gun Laws: How Do South Carolina Laws Apply in Tourist Areas, Such as Beaches?

By    |   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 12:38 PM

The state of South Carolina provides many attractions for visitors from around the world. From the mountainous reaches of the Upstate region to the beaches of the Low Country, the Palmetto State plays host to a robust tourism industry. But how do gun laws apply?

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Those visiting tourist venues in South Carolina (both in-state and out-of-state visitors) can expect to share space with those carrying concealed weapons in some spots. It is legal in the state to carry a concealed weapon such as a handgun, provided that the owner has a permit issued by the state. Rifles and shotguns are legal, but can only be carried during hunting seasons and must not be loaded — and must not be carried in designated areas.

South Carolina gun laws have big repercussions for those who do not obey the law. Here are some South Carolina laws applicable to tourist areas, such as beaches, sports venues and schools.

1. For sports fans, South Carolina is a state that is not gun friendly at sporting events. South Carolina’s concealed weapon laws prohibit firearms at both schools and universities. That means that guns are not allowed at interscholastic sports events and college sporting events. Professional sporting events are a different story. It would depend on whether the venue was on state property (illegal to carry) and if not, if the owners of the venue have signs stating that firearms are prohibited.

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2. At state parks, the public may not carry firearms unless they have a concealed weapon that is lawful due to a CWP (concealed weapons permit). According to the South Carolina State Parks website, possession of firearms is prohibited for those without permits. Certified park rangers and other authorized personnel may carry firearms. The State Parks Department requests that those carrying firearms in parks notify management.

3. Visiting the state capitol building is a chance to see one of the state’s most famous buildings. But leave your gun behind. According to the USA Carry website, firearms may not be taken to the “office of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality or special purpose district.”

4. Tourists flock to visit dining establishments in cities across the state, and firearms rules pertaining to those restaurants and bars vary. According to Futeral & Nelson, LLC, you may not carry a concealed weapon into a restaurant that serves alcohol if you consume alcohol. If you do not, then it is legal. However, it’s illegal to bring a firearm into any business that posts a sign saying that it prohibits firearms.

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