South Carolina Firearm Bill of Sale
The South Carolina firearm bill of sale constitutes a legal contract in the state for either selling or buying firearms of whatever type. Essentially, the form contains details about the gun, transfer of possession, as well as the buyer and seller. Such a document is required to be verified by a notary to qualify for legal binding status.

The Private Sale of a Gun/Firearm

Gun sales are permitted between private individuals with no license provided both individuals have the legal right to possess firearms under South Carolina law. 

Banned from purchasing

As defined by SC Code § 16-23-30(A), a person is ineligible to purchase or possess a gun when:

  • An individual who has been found guilty of a violent crime within the United States, on the run from the law, an addict of alcohol or drugs, or adjudged mentally disabled.

  • Someone affiliated with subversive organizations

  • Individuals under 18 years of age, except concerning guns issued to service members of the armed forces, whether on active duty or not, or other military arms in the country for training purposes with the guidance of their parents or a trained adult.

  • Anyone found unfit to carry or possess a firearm by a circuit judge or county court judge of South Carolina. The decision shall be made at the request of an officer of the law, a prosecutor within the state, or appointed at will (sua sponte), by the court, provided that the person being considered is given reasonable notice and an opportunity to be heard before the decision is made.

The Firearms Registration Process

It is illegal for government agencies to request registration for privately held firearms, under SC Code § 23-31-510(1).

Carrying a concealed weapon

South Carolina residents are permitted to carry concealed firearms if they hold a valid Concealed Weapon Permit under SC Code § 16-23-20(12).

Application Procedures

To be authorized for a Concealed Weapon Permit, an applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years old.

Step 1 – Apply for a Concealed Weapon Permit online or via mail.

Step 2 – Ensure that the following details are included in the application:

• A copy of a valid state ID card or DHS alien identification card;

• Two (2) fingerprint cards that have been completed and signed;

Step 3 – Make a $50 application fee payment.

Step 4 – The application will be granted or denied within ninety (90) days.


According to SC Code 23-31-215(N), South Carolina accepts concealed carry permits only from states except for 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, and Washington.