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

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  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. ⤴︎