See our Ammunition Regulation for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

South Carolina prohibits the use, transportation, manufacture, possession, distribution, sale or purchase of any ammunition or shells that are coated with Teflon.1 Federal prohibitions on certain kinds of armor-piercing ammunition also apply.

A law South Carolina adopted in 2010 makes it unlawful for a person who has been convicted of a “violent crime,” as defined by South Carolina law, to possess ammunition if the violent crime is also classified as a felony offense.2

In 2013, South Carolina enacted a law making it unlawful for a person who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or who has been “committed to a mental institution” to ship, transport, possess, or receive ammunition.3 The definitions of “adjudicated as a mental defective” and “committed to a mental institution” mirror federal law.

In 2015, South Carolina enacted a law making it unlawful for certain domestic abusers to possess ammunition.4 See Domestic Violence and Firearms in South Carolina for further information.

South Carolina does not:

  • Require a license for the sale of ammunition;
  • Require a license to purchase or possess ammunition; or
  • Require sellers of ammunition to maintain a record of the purchasers.
  1. S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-520. ⤴︎
  2. S.C. Code § 16-23-500. ⤴︎
  3. S.C. Code Ann. § 23-31-1040. ⤴︎
  4. S.C. Code § 16-25-30 (as amended by 2013 S.C. S.B. 3). ⤴︎