In 2021, South Carolina passed legislation that, effective August 15, 2021, generally authorizes any person who possesses a concealed carry permit to carry a handgun either concealed or openly.1
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- See 2021 SC HB 3094. The bill did so largely by changing the definition of “concealable weapon” to mean a firearm “having a length of less than twelve inches measured along its greatest dimension that may be carried openly on one’s person or in a manner that is hidden from public view in normal wear of clothing except when needed for self defense, defense of others, and the protection of real or personal property.” S.C. Code Ann. § 23-31-210(5).