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South Carolina prohibits any person from 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 prohibits any person from carrying a firearm on his or her person while on any elementary or secondary school property.2

Concealed weapons permit holders are generally subject to these prohibitions, but a permit holder may keep his or her firearm 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 Permit holders also are prohibited from carrying a concealable firearm into a school or college athletic event not related to firearms, a daycare or pre-school facility, or 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

 See our Guns in Schools policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  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.[]