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South Carolina generally prohibits possessing a firearm on any premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, or other post-secondary institution, or in any publicly-owned building, without the express permission of the authorities in charge of the premises or property.1 A separate state law generally prohibits people from carrying a firearm on their person while on any elementary or secondary school property.2

Firearms may be kept inside an attended or locked motor vehicle on school property if the gun is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.3 Concealable firearms are also prohibited at school or college athletic events not related to firearms, daycares and pre-school facilities, and the office or the business meeting of the governing body of a public school district.4

In South Carolina, district school boards must expel for not less than one year a student who is determined to have brought a firearm to a school or any setting under the jurisdiction of a local board of trustees.5 The one-year expulsion is subject to modification by the district superintendent of education on a case-by-case basis.6 Students expelled pursuant to this section are not precluded from receiving educational services in an alternative setting.7


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  1. S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-420(A).[]
  2. S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-430(A).[]
  3. S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-420(A), 16-23-430(B).[]
  4. S.C. Code Ann. § 23-31-215(M)(5)–(7).[]
  5. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-63-235.[]
  6. Id.[]
  7. Id.[]