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Updated June 24, 2022

A South Carolina firearm bill of sale is a legal document in the bbin电竞官网官方永久 of South Carolina that formalizes the sale and purchase of a firearm of any kind. The document will provide identifying information with regard to the firearm, change of ownership, the seller, and the buyer. It must be notarized to be considered an official legally binding document.

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Privately Selling a Firearm

Private sales of firearms can be conducted by private parties without a proper license if both parties are legally allowed to own a firearm in the state of South Carolina.

Prohibited from Buying

In accordance with SC Code § 16-23-30(A) , an individual is prohibited from buying or owning a firearm if they are:

  • a person who has been convicted of a crime of violence in any court of the United bbin电竞官网官方永久s, the several states, commonwealths, territories, possessions, or the District of Columbia or who is a fugitive from justice or a habitual drunkard or a drug addict or who has been adjudicated mentally incompetent;
  • a person who is a member of a subversive organization;
  • a person under the age of eighteen, but this shall not apply to the issue of handguns to members of the Armed Forces of the United bbin电竞官网官方永久s, active or reserve, National Guard, bbin电竞官网官方永久 Militia, or R. O. T. C., when on duty or training or the temporary loan of handguns for instructions under the immediate supervision of a parent or adult instructor; or
  • a person who by order of a circuit judge or county court judge of this bbin电竞官网官方永久 has been adjudged unfit to carry or possess a firearm, such adjudication to be made upon application by any police officer, or by any prosecuting officer of this bbin电竞官网官方永久, or sua sponte, by the court, but a person who is the subject of such an application is entitled to reasonable notice and a proper hearing prior to any such adjudication.

Registering a Firearm

It is prohibited for any government agency to require the registration of privately owned firearms, pursuant to SC Code § 23-31-510(1) .

Concealed Carry

A resident of South Carolina is only allowed to carry a concealed firearm if they have a valid Concealed Weapon Permit as required by SC Code § 16-23-20(12) .

How to Apply

An applicant has to be at least twenty-one (21) years old to be approved for a Concealed Weapon Permit .

Step 1 – Complete a Concealed Weapon Permit Application either online or by mail .

Step 2 – Include the following in the application:

  • Photocopy of current state-issued I.D. or DHS alien card;
  • Two (2) completed and signed fingerprint cards;

Step 3 – Pay the $50 application fee .

Step 4 – It will take up to ninety (90) days for the application to be approved or denied.


As determined by SC Code § 23-31-215(N) , South Carolina will recognize the concealed carry licenses from all states except the following : Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.