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How South Carolina Gun Laws Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 10:36 AM

Every state in the South, including South Carolina, has established tolerant gun control laws compared with more liberal regions of the United States, particularly the Northeast, Midwest, and Northwest. South Carolina gun laws make it a “shall-issue” concealed carry permit state. Permits are not required to buy handguns, rifles, or shotguns in the state.

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South Carolina also gives legal protection for residents to deploy firearms in defending their home, business, or vehicles from intruders. However, unlike some Southern states, South Carolina prohibits open carry, although residents who obtain concealed carry permits may store a loaded handgun in the glove compartment or console or beneath a seat in an automobile. It also restricts carrying firearms on public or private school property and inside publicly owned buildings without the state’s specific permission, although permit holders may carry firearms into bars.

Here is how South Carolina’s gun regulations compare to neighboring states.

North Carolina
Like South Carolina gun laws, the Tar Heel State provides gun owners with concealed carry gun laws with very few exceptions. South Carolina practices gun law reciprocity, honoring comparable gun laws for concealed carry from other states. North Carolina residents are allowed to carry concealed guns in South Carolina if they possess similar permits in their state. South Carolina recognizes several nearby states with reciprocity as well, including Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, West Virginia and Louisiana.

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Georgia
The Peach State’s gun laws and regulations are more relaxed than South Carolina’s, and are among the most lenient in the nation. In 2014, the Georgia State Legislature passed a law permitting residents to carry handguns and other firearms in government buildings, churches, schools, airports and almost anyplace else in the state.

Florida
Only North Carolina and Georgia border South Carolina, but the Sunshine State shares many similar gun regulations with the Palmetto State. Like Georgia, Florida features light gun control laws. In fact, it leads all states in issuing the highest number of concealed carry permits to gun owners. At 1.346 million, Florida has issued more than twice as many concealed carry permits as the next closest state, Utah, at approximately 582,000.

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