Gun Laws in South Carolina

State Law Background

South Carolina law does not:

State of Gun Violence Factsheet

In addition, due to a law enacted in 2012, South Carolina no longer:

However, South Carolina did enact a law in 2013 that requires the reporting of some mental health information to the federal database used for firearm purchaser background checks.  South Carolina also enacted a law in 2015 that prohibits gun possession by certain domestic abusers.

In 2016, South Carolina had the 10th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. In addition, South Carolina is a significant source of guns used in crimes in other states. Based on firearms tracing data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, South Carolina supplied the sixth highest number of crime guns to other states per capita in 2016, and exports far more crime guns than it imports.

South Carolina Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in South Carolina, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.