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Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent the ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.

In 2012, South Carolina repealed its law governing handgun dealers.1 South Carolina formerly required that any retail dealer selling handguns must possess a dealer license and comply with certain conditions.

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  1. 2012 S.C. Act No. 285, § 2.[]