South Carolina generally prohibits people from openly carrying handguns in public places, but does not restrict open carry of long guns.1

See our Open Carrying of Firearms in Public policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. S.C. Code Ann. §§ 16-23-20, 23-31-217. South Carolina’s statute criminalizing the carrying of handguns, whether openly or concealed, has no exception for a person carrying openly with a concealed weapons permit. ⤴︎