South Carolina has no laws requiring the retention of sales or background check records by firearm sellers.
See our Retention of Firearm Sales and Background Check Records for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
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The South Carolina Legislature comprehensively preempts local firearm and ammunition laws. South Carolina’s statute provides, in part, that:
No governing body of any county, municipality, or other political subdivision in the State may enact or promulgate any regulation or ordinance that regulates or attempts to regulate…the transfer, ownership, possession, carrying, or transportation of firearms, ammunition, components of firearms, or any combination of these things.1
South Carolina has no laws regarding firearm microstamping or ballistic identification.
See our Ballistic Identification and Firearm Microstamping policy summary for comprehensive discussions of these issues.
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See our Ammunition Regulation for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
South Carolina prohibits the use, transportation, manufacture, possession, distribution, sale or purchase of any ammunition or shells that are coated with Teflon.1 Federal prohibitions on certain kinds of armor-piercing ammunition also apply.
A law South Carolina adopted in 2010 makes it unlawful for a person who has been convicted of a “violent crime,” as defined by South Carolina law, to po...
In 2012, South Carolina repealed a prohibition against giving false evidence of identity when purchasing a handgun.1
South Carolina prohibits the knowing purchase, sale, transport, pawn, receipt or possession of any stolen handgun.2
South Carolina has no other laws that address gun trafficking.
See our Firearms Trafficking policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
South Carolina does not have a law requiring the confiscation of firearms owned by a person when he or she has become prohibited from possessing firearms. However, firearms or ammunition must be confiscated if they were involved in a violation of the prohibition against possession by a person who has been convicted of a violent felony offense.1 Similarly, firearms or ammunition must also be confiscated if they were involved in a violation of the prohibition against possession by a person ...
See our Background Checks policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
Federal law requires federally licensed firearms dealers (but not unlicensed sellers) to initiate a background check on the purchaser prior to sale of a firearm. Federal law provides states with the option of serving as a state “point of contact” and conducting their own background checks using state, as well as federal, records and databases, or having the checks performed by the FBI usi...
South Carolina imposes no restrictions on purchases or sales of multiple firearms.1
See our Restrictions on Multiple Purchases or Sales of Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.Notes
- A 30 year-old law restricting handgun purchases to one per person per month was repealed in 2004. See 2004 S.C. Acts 242.
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See our Mental Health Reporting policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
Federal law prohibits possession of a firearm or ammunition by any person who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or involuntarily “committed to any mental institution.”1 No federal law, however, requires states to report the identities of these individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database, which the FBI uses to perform background c...
In 2018, Vermont enacted a limited Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law, which authorizes certain prosecutors—either State’s Attorneys or the Office of the state Attorney General—to petition a court for a civil order preventing a dangerous person from accessing firearms for up to six months.1
In order to obtain an ERPO, an eligible petitioner must file a petition with the superior court either in the county where the petitioner is located, the county where the respondent r...