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South Carolina prohibits any person under age 18 from possessing or acquiring a handgun.1 It is also unlawful for any person to knowingly sell, offer for sale, deliver, lease, rent, barter, or exchange any handgun to any person under age 18, but this does not apply to the temporary loan of handguns for instructions under the immediate supervision of a parent or adult instructor.2

There is no minimum age to purchase or possess rifles in South Carolina.

 Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

 See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-30.[]
  2. Id.[]