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South Carolina prohibits the use, transportation, manufacture, possession, distribution, sale or purchase of any ammunition or shells that are coated with Teflon.1 Federal prohibitions on certain kinds of armor-piercing ammunition also apply.

A law South Carolina adopted in 2010 makes it unlawful for a person who has been convicted of a “violent crime,” as defined by South Carolina law, to possess ammunition if the violent crime is also classified as a felony offense.2

In 2013, South Carolina enacted a law making it unlawful for a person who is subject to certain mental health related court orders or findings to ship, transport, possess, or receive ammunition.3

In 2015, South Carolina enacted a law making it unlawful for certain people convicted of domestic abuse to possess ammunition.4 See Domestic Violence and Firearms in South Carolina  for further information.

South Carolina does not:

  • Require a license for the sale of ammunition;
  • Require a license to purchase or possess ammunition; or
  • Require sellers of ammunition to maintain a record of the purchasers.


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  1. S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-520.[]
  2. S.C. Code § 16-23-500.[]
  3. S.C. Code Ann. § 23-31-1040.[]
  4. S.C. Code § 16-25-30 (as amended by 2013 S.C. S.B. 3).[]