South Carolina has very weak gun laws, earning an F in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Due to gaps in state law, minors can legally purchase assault weapons from private sellers in South Carolina with no parental oversight or background check. In 2017, South Carolina had the 12th-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the seventh-highest rate. To save lives from gun violence, South Carolina could fund community violence intervention programs and require a background check before every gun purchase.

  • Some mental health record reporting to federal background check databases

  • Firearm prohibition for some domestic abusers

  • Universal background checks

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Waiting period

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Ammunition sale regulation

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Handgun design safety standards