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In 2012, South Carolina repealed its law governing handgun dealers.1 South Carolina formerly required that any retail dealer selling handguns must possess a dealer license and comply with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.
- Applicable to both licensed and unlicensed firearm sellers, please see the South Carolina Universal Background Checks section;
- Requiring firearm dealers to conduct a background check on purchasers, see the South Carolina Background Checks section;
- Requiring firearm dealers to ensure that purchasers possess a locking device, see the South Carolina Locking Devices section; and
- Prohibiting dealers from selling unsafe handguns, see the section entitled Design Safety Standards for Handguns.
See our Gun Dealers policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
- 2012 S.C. Act No. 285, § 2.