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 Requirements to buy a handgun in SC
NY_Shooter  [Member]
6/21/2009 5:03:46 AM EST
What are the requirements to buy/own a handgun in SC (probably Horry County, if that matters)?

If everything goes as planned, my girl and I should be moving down by the end of the year. Most likely to Horry County. Our friend lives there with her husband who is an LEO, and I remember him saying the process of getting a handgun is much easier than NY (yeah, big surprise, right?).....but I didn't ask any further details, as we weren't sure about moving at the time.

I guess my main questions are.....

1) What is the required time of residence?

2) My girl says she'd like to get a handgun (she had a blast with a .22 Ruger pistol we rented down there).....so I'd like to get one for her as a gift. Could I buy one, and give it to her? Or would she have to buy it herself?


(I don't have much knowledge of NY handgun laws, for comparison. I never felt like going through NY's process of getting a permit)
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ThePontificator  [Member]
6/21/2009 7:11:48 AM EST
There is no "minium" required residency. However, when you purchase a gun from a dealer you must present ID (obviously a SC driver's license or SC ID card) and the address on that ID must match your residence address.

Yes, you can buy your girlfriend a handgun in SC as long as you are both residents here and she does not have a firearms disability (prevented by law from owning guns).

You will be happy to learn that a SC CWP is not "handgun specific" like NY and NYC permits. There is no specific registration of a firearm to a carry permit. As long as you have the permit you can carry any handgun with a overall length of not more than 12"



NY_Shooter  [Member]
6/21/2009 11:06:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By ThePontificator:
There is no "minium" required residency. However, when you purchase a gun from a dealer you must present ID (obviously a SC driver's license or SC ID card) and the address on that ID must match your residence address.

Yes, you can buy your girlfriend a handgun in SC as long as you are both residents here and she does not have a firearms disability (prevented by law from owning guns).

You will be happy to learn that a SC CWP is not "handgun specific" like NY and NYC permits. There is no specific registration of a firearm to a carry permit. As long as you have the permit you can carry any handgun with a overall length of not more than 12"





Thanks for the info.

That's great that I can pick up a handgun as soon as I get a SC Drivers License.
ThePontificator  [Member]
6/21/2009 12:18:26 PM EST
A SC CWP holder can, at the dealer's option, forgo the NICS "call in". I say OPTION because it is at the dealer's discretion they can make you go through instant-check if they want. Most do not. Wally World, Dicks Sporting Goods do.

NY_Shooter  [Member]
6/22/2009 2:01:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By ThePontificator:
A SC CWP holder can, at the dealer's option, forgo the NICS "call in". I say OPTION because it is at the dealer's discretion they can make you go through instant-check if they want. Most do not. Wally World, Dicks Sporting Goods do.



Damn. I can't wait to get down there.

I've been told the only thing required to concealed-carry permit is some $$ and a X-hour class.............is that right?
Brohawk  [Team Member]
6/22/2009 3:19:31 AM EST
Some states require a "purchase permit" before buying a handgun. Not SC.

There is no registration.

There is no limit (there used to be a "one handgun per month" limit, but it was repealed).

You could walk into a gun store and say, "I want one of those, one of those, a couple of these, and that one."

You fill out the 4473s, pass the background check, hand over the cash, and walk out with your hardware.

As noted above, if you buy one for your GF, ensure that there is no legal reason why she can't own and possess one. Straw purchases are good for a trip to Club Fed.
Brohawk  [Team Member]
6/22/2009 3:25:21 AM EST
BTW, without a Concealed Weapon Permit (CWP) you can carry a loaded handgun in your car, closed in the glove box or console.

If you intend to get a CWP, SC is a Shall Issue state (unlike NY!). That means the state cannot deny you a CWP if there is nothing legally preventing you from holding one (criminal record, psychotic, etc.).

NY_Shooter  [Member]
6/22/2009 3:53:26 AM EST
Originally Posted By Brohawk:
Some states require a "purchase permit" before buying a handgun. Not SC.

There is no registration.

There is no limit (there used to be a "one handgun per month" limit, but it was repealed).

You could walk into a gun store and say, "I want one of those, one of those, a couple of these, and that one."

You fill out the 4473s, pass the background check, hand over the cash, and walk out with your hardware.

As noted above, if you buy one for your GF, ensure that there is no legal reason why she can't own and possess one. Straw purchases are good for a trip to Club Fed.


Originally Posted By Brohawk:
BTW, without a Concealed Weapon Permit (CWP) you can carry a loaded handgun in your car, closed in the glove box or console.

If you intend to get a CWP, SC is a Shall Issue state (unlike NY!). That means the state cannot deny you a CWP if there is nothing legally preventing you from holding one (criminal record, psychotic, etc.).





Everything more I learn, it just sounds better and better.

So let me ask you to clarify on a couple things you said...........

You could walk into a gun store and say, "I want one of those, one of those, a couple of these, and that one."


So you're saying I could get the handgun I want, and the one I want to buy my girl....at the same time? In this thread , there's talk of being "flagged" when buying 2 or more handguns at the same time, from the same dealer.

You fill out the 4473s, pass the background check, hand over the cash, and walk out with your hardware.


That's for handguns? No waiting period of any kind, with handguns?
NY_Shooter  [Member]
6/22/2009 3:55:39 AM EST
............and to clarify.......a "straw purchase" is only deemed as such, when you're buying a gun for someone who can't legally own one, right? It's not simply, buying a gun for someone else?
Brohawk  [Team Member]
6/22/2009 4:41:24 AM EST
I don't know about the "flagging" of multiple purchases.

There is no waiting period. As soon as your background check clears, you're out the door. I haven't had a background check done for a purchase since I got my CWP, since, by definition, the permit means you have already passed a background check.

Yes, a straw purchase is basically buying a gun for someone who cannot legally buy it themselves. You can buy a gun as a gift to another person, as long as they can legally own and possess it.

BTW, I'm from the border area of PA & NY. I think you are going to like it down here.

Just one word of advice - nothing is more annoying than a Yankee moving to the South and saying, "Well, up north we did it like this..."

BTW, as I understand, NY has a state AWB. No such animal here.
Brohawk  [Team Member]
6/22/2009 4:45:08 AM EST
And, if you have the fundage and inclination, SC is Class III friendly.
Brohawk  [Team Member]
6/22/2009 5:52:04 AM EST
On a different topic, SC does not currently have an annual vehicle inpection.

Each individual is responsible for maintaining their car.
Torque556  [Member]
6/22/2009 6:11:40 AM EST
I'm military... will my Government ID work to purchase a handgun? I will be PCSing to SC in a few months and might not have a SC ID as soon.
Brohawk  [Team Member]
6/22/2009 6:34:29 AM EST
Originally Posted By Torque556:
I'm military... will my Government ID work to purchase a handgun? I will be PCSing to SC in a few months and might not have a SC ID as soon.


IIRC, military folks stationed in SC are covered. You may have to provide proof (such as an LES) that you are stationed here.
NY_Shooter  [Member]
6/22/2009 12:11:29 PM EST
Originally Posted By Brohawk:
I don't know about the "flagging" of multiple purchases. I might as well wait, and buy separately anyway. Two Glock 26's at the same time, will put a hurtin' on my wallet.

There is no waiting period. As soon as your background check clears, you're out the door. I haven't had a background check done for a purchase since I got my CWP, since, by definition, the permit means you have already passed a background check. That's great. I'll have to get my CWP when I get down there. Do they require renewal?

Yes, a straw purchase is basically buying a gun for someone who cannot legally buy it themselves. You can buy a gun as a gift to another person, as long as they can legally own and possess it. OK, that's what I thought.

BTW, I'm from the border area of PA & NY. I think you are going to like it down here. I'm also from the border area on PA/NY, on the NY side, in the Binghamton area.............and you're right, I am going to like it down there.

Just one word of advice - nothing is more annoying than a Yankee moving to the South and saying, "Well, up north we did it like this..." I don't plan on being that kind of Yankee transplant.

BTW, as I understand, NY has a state AWB. No such animal here. Yup. We have pretty much a mirror of the old federal ban.......but with no sunset date. I can't wait to get collapsible stocks and post-ban 30 rounders!! How bad is it, that I'm getting excited over such petty things


Thanks for all the info, Brohawk. Much appreciated.

Originally Posted By Brohawk:
And, if you have the fundage and inclination, SC is Class III friendly.


Oh, I know this. I've already got my eyes on a 10" barrel for my 9mm AR, for when I get through the SBR process/approval.
ThePontificator  [Member]
6/22/2009 12:51:45 PM EST
Yes, a CWP in SC requires renewal.

There are some attempts to introduce a "lifetime CWP" here but the present language in proposed bills allow the state to charge what they believe the market is willing to bear. The state police here (SLED) also want to be able to do a check every four years to search for out of state arrests/charges.

Just a heads up: SC CWP is not as 'shall issue' as you'd believe. SLED can and will deny a CWP based on an unfavorable report (a charge/report) vs. a conviction.
echofivekilo  [Team Member]
6/22/2009 3:00:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By Brohawk:
Originally Posted By Torque556:
I'm military... will my Government ID work to purchase a handgun? I will be PCSing to SC in a few months and might not have a SC ID as soon.


IIRC, military folks stationed in SC are covered. You may have to provide proof (such as an LES) that you are stationed here.


This is correct, I purchased a handgun while I was still on active duty here. I don't remember if or how I had to prove that I was stationed here but, my military ID was accepted by the dealer.



Brohawk  [Team Member]
6/23/2009 2:44:36 AM EST
Heck, while we're at it, let's bring up the Castle Doctrine.
ThePontificator  [Member]
6/23/2009 5:47:14 AM EST
Originally Posted By Brohawk:
Heck, while we're at it, let's bring up the Castle Doctrine.


We already have it. Where have you been?
Brohawk  [Team Member]
6/23/2009 5:55:15 AM EST
Originally Posted By ThePontificator:
Originally Posted By Brohawk:
Heck, while we're at it, let's bring up the Castle Doctrine.


We already have it. Where have you been?


I know we have it. I was mentioning it for the refugee from NY.
NY_Shooter  [Member]
6/23/2009 10:04:01 AM EST
Originally Posted By Brohawk:
Originally Posted By ThePontificator:
Originally Posted By Brohawk:
Heck, while we're at it, let's bring up the Castle Doctrine.


We already have it. Where have you been?


I know we have it. I was mentioning it for the refugee from NY.


Yet another "plus".

The only things I can think of, that could be considered "negatives"..................hurricanes and a lack of Lupo's chicken spiedie subs (right, BroHawk, haha).

Ya'll don't have any kind of weird bugs down there, do ya? (besides cockroaches, which have been renamed "Palmetto bugs")
Brohawk  [Team Member]
6/23/2009 10:40:33 AM EST
We've been sending the hurricanes up to NC.

echofivekilo  [Team Member]
6/23/2009 12:26:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By NY_Shooter:

Ya'll don't have any kind of weird bugs down there, do ya? (besides cockroaches, which have been renamed "Palmetto bugs")


If you're in the 'Lowcountry' you'll have sand fleas to deal with.

panzersergeant  [Life Member]
6/24/2009 4:48:42 PM EST
One other thing; once a year (starting last year in November) we have a statewide 2nd Amendment Appreciation weekend where all sales taxes on firearms are waived.
I saved about $40 in sales tax on my XD9.
NY_Shooter  [Member]
6/24/2009 9:35:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By panzersergeant:
One other thing; once a year (starting last year in November) we have a statewide 2nd Amendment Appreciation weekend where all sales taxes on firearms are waived.
I saved about $40 in sales tax on my XD9.




Living in a state that actually recognizes your 2nd Amendment right must be great. Can't wait to get down there.

First order of business...............order some PMags!!!
FreeFloater  [Member]
6/25/2009 7:08:49 AM EST
Originally Posted By NY_Shooter:

So you're saying I could get the handgun I want, and the one I want to buy my girl....at the same time? In this thread , there's talk of being "flagged" when buying 2 or more handguns at the same time, from the same dealer.



Yes, this is true. If you buy more than 1 handgun from the same dealer in a 5 day period of time, that dealer is required to fill out a 3310.4 for from the ATF to document that transaction.

If you pull that form, you'll notice it is to be sent to the ATF and Department of justice. It includes all your info plus the serial numbers for all handguns purchased within the 5 days. Do you want your name on a form like this?
Brohawk  [Team Member]
6/25/2009 8:40:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By FreeFloater:
Originally Posted By NY_Shooter:

So you're saying I could get the handgun I want, and the one I want to buy my girl....at the same time? In this thread , there's talk of being "flagged" when buying 2 or more handguns at the same time, from the same dealer.



Yes, this is true. If you buy more than 1 handgun from the same dealer in a 5 day period of time, that dealer is required to fill out a 3310.4 for from the ATF to document that transaction.

If you pull that form, you'll notice it is to be sent to the ATF and Department of justice. It includes all your info plus the serial numbers for all handguns purchased within the 5 days. Do you want your name on a form like this?


Thanks for the info.

I'm on too many of Janet's lists already...
NY_Shooter  [Member]
6/26/2009 12:23:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By FreeFloater:
Originally Posted By NY_Shooter:

So you're saying I could get the handgun I want, and the one I want to buy my girl....at the same time? In this thread , there's talk of being "flagged" when buying 2 or more handguns at the same time, from the same dealer.



Yes, this is true. If you buy more than 1 handgun from the same dealer in a 5 day period of time, that dealer is required to fill out a 3310.4 for from the ATF to document that transaction.

If you pull that form, you'll notice it is to be sent to the ATF and Department of justice. It includes all your info plus the serial numbers for all handguns purchased within the 5 days. Do you want your name on a form like this?


Hell no. Thanks for the heads up.

I have no problem waiting to get my girl's gun.
CaputLapidis  [Member]
7/2/2009 9:04:00 AM EST
I believe the law recently changed with respect to minimum age to buy a handgun. It is now 18. Still have to be 21 for CWP.
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