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“Private” firearms transfers (i.e., transfers by non-firearms dealers) are not subject to a background check requirement in South Carolina.

South Carolina law prohibits knowingly selling, offering to sell, delivering, leasing, renting, bartering, exchanging, or transporting for sale into the state any handgun to a person prohibited from possessing handguns under South Carolina law.1 For a list of these prohibitions, see the section entitled South Carolina Firearm Prohibitions.

South Carolina also prohibits any person from knowingly selling, offering, delivering, leasing, renting, bartering, exchanging a firearm to someone who is not lawfully present in the U.S.2


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  1. S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-30(A).[]
  2. S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-530(B).[]