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South Carolina has some of the weakest gun laws in the country. State lawmakers must take immediate action to protect residents from gun violence.

Due to gaps in state law, minors can legally purchase assault weapons from private sellers in South Carolina with no parental oversight or background check. In 2022, South Carolina had the ninth highest gun death rate among the states. In an average year, 1,056 people die from gun violence in the state. That means someone dies from gun violence every 8 hours. Fifty-one percent of those deaths are gun suicides, and 46% are gun homicides. In South Carolina, the rate of gun deaths increased by 37% from 2013 to 2022, compared to a 36% increase nationwide.

What South Carolina Does Well

  • Partial mental health record reporting
  • Certain open carry regulations

What South Carolina Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Most domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Community violence intervention funding



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.