See our Dealer Regulations policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent the ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.
In 2012, South Carolina repealed its law governing handgun dealers. 1 South Carolina formerly required that any retail dealer selling handguns must possess a dealer license and comply with certain conditions.
- Applicable to both licensed and unlicensed firearm sellers, please see the South Carolina Private Sales section;
- Requiring firearm dealers to conduct a background check on purchasers, see the South Carolina Background Checks section;
- Requiring firearm dealers to ensure that purchasers possess a locking device, see the South Carolina Locking Devices section; and
- Prohibiting dealers from selling unsafe handguns, see the section entitled Design Safety Standards for Handguns.
- 2012 S.C. Act No. 285, § 2. ⤴︎