Concealed Weapons Permit FAQ

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Concealed Weapons Permit FAQ 2017-05-10T21:27:01-04:00
What states reciprocate with South Carolina CWP? 2015-02-24T14:45:25-05:00

Residents of reciprocal states who hold permits issued by their states of residence may carry concealed firearms in South Carolina, but must abide by the restrictions in the South Carolina CWP law. For that reason, out of state residents of reciprocal states should familiarize themselves with restricted carry locations and other provisions of South Carolina law posted on this website. South Carolina permittees who carry firearms in reciprocal states are likewise responsible for familiarizing themselves with the applicable laws and regulations of the reciprocal state. Web sites of those states may be accessed by selecting the desired state name listed above.


Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho (Enhanced Only), Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

What if I move out of South Carolina do I get to keep the CWP in effect? 2017-05-10T21:27:06-04:00

The moment you make residency in a state other than South Carolina your South Carolina CWP is invalid with one exception. If you still own real property and pay real estate taxes for your South Carolina property you can notify SLED of a change in status and apply and seek approval of a non-resident CWP based upon that real property ownership and property tax relation in South Carolina.

In the event you make your residency in some other state and do not own real property in South Carolina you must notify SLED promptly to inform SLED you no longer qualify to maintain your CWP in South Carolina. You can make a call by phone to make that disclosure and you will be advised by SLED staff to immediately destroy your CWP card. You are not required to mail the CWP card back. SLED will terminate your CWP in the database upon notice.

If you are pulled over for a traffic stop in your new state and law enforcement learn you are carrying an invalid South Carolina CWP card you may be subject to arrest. Possession of a South Carolina CWP after making residency in some other state can result in your arrest.

Act promptly to notify SLED of your relocation and residency in some other state to avoid legal problems.

If I leave my firearm in my vehicle can my spouse drive my vehicle without a CWP? 2015-02-25T11:19:59-05:00

In South Carolina, anyone who is at least 18 years of age can have a firearm in the vehicle without a CWP.  To meet the requirements of law, the handgun must be in a closed glove box, console, or stored in the trunk.

Do I receive an actual physical CWP permit or just some database entry in the SLED computer? 2017-05-10T21:27:06-04:00

Upon approval of your Concealed Weapons Permit you will be mailed a physical Concealed Weapons Permit much like the license you gain from the Drivers License folks.

Anytime you carry a concealed weapon you must carry your Concealed Weapons Permit on your person to provide that proof to law enforcement upon request.

Do I get a break for lunch during the day-long course? 2015-02-24T14:18:32-05:00

Of course! At the conclusion of the morning class, you will be provided time to enjoy your lunch break and chat with other students. The atmosphere is very friendly and not the least antagonistic.

Many of the student form friendships with other students during the course and keep in touch after the course ends. It is our goal to offer a friendly, relaxed, and educational class and gun range testing.

The more you learn in the Too Gun CWP course while relaxed and stress free, the more likely you will successfully defend yourself when that circumstance arises.

How difficult is the gun range part of the CWP course? 2015-02-24T14:12:41-05:00

The gun range portion of the South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit course is not really that difficult. You will be required to qualify a score of at least 175 of a total possible score of 250.

Of the thousands of students that attend the CWP course, the vast majority pass the gun range course because the target is stationary at various distances and the gun range environment is not in the least rushed or haphazard. Everyone is calmly and slowly demonstrating their skill on the gun range in a slow and methodical manner.

Many of the students who take the CWP course are senior adults and have shared their opinion the course is quite informative in the class and report their enjoyment participating on the gun range.

What is the CWP Course all about? 2015-02-24T14:01:00-05:00

In the State of South Carolina the CWP course is essentially a two part course.

When you arrive onsite you will be finger-printed on a card you must submit. The finger-print card and the Concealed Weapons Permit application must be submitted by you along with your application fee after you qualify in the CWP course.

In a class room setting you will be informed of the relevant rules and laws governing the use, carry, and storage of the firearm. At the conclusion of that portion of the CWP course you will be tested to assure your competent understanding of those rules and laws.

In another segment of the course, everyone attending will be escorted by the Certified Firearm Instructor to the onsite range to qualify your use of your firearm, including loading and shooting your firearm at stationary targets to determine your skill aiming and shooting your firearm.

Do I need to qualify every 5 years to renew my CWP? 2015-02-24T13:52:31-05:00

No! requalification is not required in the State of South Carolina. However, if your existing Concealed Weapons Permit expires for more than 60 days then you will be required to retake the entire CWP course again in order to gain approval of a Concealed Weapons Permit.

How many years is a Concealed Weapons Permit valid? 2015-02-24T13:48:57-05:00

A South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit is valid for 5 years from the date of issue unless otherwise revoked by a legal authority acting within the scope of competent jurisdiction.

For example, if your application is determined to contain materially false information after your CWP permit is issued, then SLED can revoke your CWP within the scope of the rules and laws.

A Judge acting with competent jurisdiction may also order your CWP revoked depending upon the nature of crime or conduct adjudicated against you while your CWP is in effect.

In the event a medical doctor or other qualified medical experts determine you are mentally incompetent or mentally incapacitated a revoke of your CWP will likely follow as well.

Do I have to qualify the CWP course with the firearm I intend to carry concealed? 2015-02-24T13:36:03-05:00

No! The handgun that you bring to your CWP course to qualify has to be a “legal carry handgun” which is not greater than 12 inches in overall length, with no tampering of serial numbers, and is not fully automatic handgun.

For example, you may qualify during your Concealed Weapons Permit course using a semi-automatic firearm even though you intend to carry a concealed revolver.

Can I take my Concealed Weapons Permit course before I turn 21 years of age? 2015-02-25T11:25:37-05:00

The State of South Carolina requires a CWP applicant to be 21 years of age or older.  South Carolina will accept a Concealed Weapons Permit application from any applicant 21 years or older who has taken the Concealed Weapons Permit course within 3 years of the date of application. Keep in mind, you can not submit your application until you turn 21 years of age, so if you intend to take the Concealed Weapons Permit course early, make certain to calculate the timing of the course to assure you will be 21 years of age within the 3 year application limitation.

For example, if you wait one month after your 18th birthday and then complete your Concealed Weapons Permit course, then your course date will be valid for 3 years for purposes of submitting your CWP application within one month of turning 21 years of age.

How old do I have to be to obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit? 2017-05-10T21:27:06-04:00

The State of South Carolina will not issue a Concealed Weapons Permit to any person under the age of 21.

Do I have to live in South Carolina to be approved for a CWP? 2015-02-24T14:05:06-05:00

In order to be approved for a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit you must have proof of a residency in South Carolina, or alternatively, you must be a non-resident real property owner and proof of real estate tax payment for your South Carolina real property.