A new state law that will allow concealed carry permit holders to openly carry their firearms in South Carolina will come into effect on August 15, the Law Enforcement Division of the United States said Tuesday afternoon. ‘State in a press release.
With this new law comes a few changes that gun owners should be aware of, SLED officials wrote.
For those applying for a concealed weapons license or looking to renew or replace a license they already had, the new law removes the application fee. SLED will return all money orders attached to applications that are postmarked as of August 15.
However, if an application is stamped before August 15, SLED must demand and accept payment of the fee.
“As these fees are fixed by law, SLED cannot waive them,” according to the SLED statement.
In addition, all concealed weapons permit applications stamped or received on or after August 15 must be accompanied by “proof of training,” according to SLED’s statement.
This proof of training will consist of an “original document or a certified true copy of the document” given to a candidate certifying that he has taken a basic or advanced course on handguns offered by the police or an organization. nationally recognized gun safety for the past three years. years. This course shall include information on South Carolina law and case law relating to handguns and the use of lethal force, information on the use and safety of handguns, information on good practice storage, live fire of at least 25 rounds with an instructor, properly secure a gun in a holster, “cocked and locked” transport, how to react to someone trying to take your gun and techniques and de-escalation strategies.
No additional training will be required for applicants whose documents are received or postmarked before August 15th. It will also not be required for existing license holders or those seeking renewal or replacement.
The Concealed Carriage with Permit Bill was enacted by SC Gov. Henry McMaster on May 17. It had a 90-day implementation period, which means it wouldn’t come into effect until August 15.
The delay was added to the bill by senators, who said it would give law enforcement time to educate the police and the public on the new law.
The bill was heavily criticized by law enforcement and medical professionals when it passed through the legislature earlier this year.
There have been attempts to remove the permit requirement completely from the bill, but these have been strongly rejected on several occasions.
It is still completely prohibited to carry firearms on State House grounds and in businesses and buildings where signage indicates that concealed or open firearms are not permitted. Firearms are also prohibited on school grounds when students are in class or participating in extracurricular activities. However, the law allows concealed or open activities on school grounds when a church rents out areas inside the school for a religious service or official church activity and students are not not present.
The law also gives cities and counties the ability to temporarily restrict open-air transport during permitted events that could include public demonstrations, rallies, parades, festivals, fairs and other organized events. Signs should be placed around the event so that the public is aware of it.