View Full Version : what is the law about owning a handgun in SC?
i know awhile back there was talk of dropping the age down to 18 to be able to purchase a handgun from a individual but not from a gun store did it ever go through?
whats the law as of right now?
Here is the SC government site: http://www.sled.sc.gov/cwp.aspx?MenuID=CWP
SECTION 16-23-30. Sale or delivery of handgun to and possession by certain persons unlawful; stolen handguns.
(A) It is unlawful for a person to knowingly sell, offer to sell, deliver, lease, rent, barter, exchange, or transport for sale into this State any handgun to:
(1) a person who has been convicted of a crime of violence in any court of the United States, 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;
(2) a person who is a member of a subversive organization;
(3) a person under the age of twenty one, but this shall not apply to the issue of handguns to members of the Armed Forces of the United States, active or reserve, National Guard, State 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
there was a big article in this months Columbia Metropolitan, about handgun possesion. they did mention that under 21 could not purchase a handgun, but,the main topic of the article was they could be legally in possesion of one. they gave a good example: say you let your teenage son/daughter take the car to the grocery store and YOU had a pistol in the glove box and they get pulled over, the old law, the teen would ILLEGALLY be in possesion of a firearm. under the new law, they will not be illegally in possesion.
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