“Private” firearms transfers (i.e., transfers by non-firearms dealers) are not subject to a background check requirement in South Carolina.

South Carolina law prohibits knowingly selling, offering to sell, delivering, leasing, renting, bartering, exchanging, or transporting for sale into the state any handgun to a person prohibited from possessing handguns under South Carolina law.1 For a list of these individuals, see the section entitled South Carolina Prohibited Purchasers Generally.

South Carolina also prohibits any person from knowingly selling, offering, delivering, leasing, renting, bartering, exchanging a firearm to someone who is not lawfully present in the U.S.2

See our Universal Background Checks policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-30(A). ⤴︎
  2. S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-530(B). ⤴︎