South Carolina S 139 - "Constitutional Carry"


SECTION 1. This act may be cited as the “South Carolina Constitutional Carry Act of 2017.”

SECTION 2. Section 16-23-20 if the 1976 Code is amended to read:

It is lawful for anyone to carry about the person any handgun, whether concealed or not, except as provided for in subsection (B) or if the person is otherwise prohibited from owning, carrying, or purchasing a firearm as provided for by state or federal law.

(B) It is unlawful for a person to carry a handgun about the person, whether concealed or not, into a:

(1) law enforcement, correctional, or detention facility;

(2) courthouse or courtroom;

(3) polling place on election days;

(4) office of or the business meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special purpose district;

(5) school or college athletic event not related to firearms;

(6) daycare facility or preschool facility;

(7) place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law;

(8) church or other established religious sanctuary unless express permission is given by the appropriate church official or governing body;

(9) hospital, medical clinic, doctor’s office, or any other facility where medical services or procedures are performed unless expressly authorized by the employer;

(10) residence or dwelling place of another person without the express permission of the owner or person in legal control or possession, as appropriate; or

(11) place clearly marked with a sign prohibiting the carrying of a weapon on the premises pursuant to Section 23-31-235. A person who violates a provision of this item, whether the violation is wilful or not, only may be charged with a violation of Section 16-11-620 and must not be charged with or penalized for a violation of this subsection.