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South Carolina Firearm Bill of Sale Form

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South Carolina Firearm Bill of Sale Form

Updated September 18, 2023

A South Carolina firearm bill of sale is a legal document in the State of South Carolina that formalizes the sale and purchase of a firearm of any kind. The document will provide identifying information with regard to the firearm, change of ownership, the seller, and the buyer. It must be notarized to be considered an official legally binding document.

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Privately Selling a Firearm

Private sales of firearms can be conducted by private parties without a proper license if both parties are legally allowed to own a firearm in the state of South Carolina.

Prohibited from Buying

An individual is prohibited from buying or owning a firearm if they are:[1]

  • a person who has been convicted of a crime of violence in any court of the United States, the several states, commonwealths, territories, possessions, or the District of Columbia or who is a fugitive from justice or a habitual drunkard or a drug addict or who has been adjudicated mentally incompetent;
  • a person who is a member of a subversive organization;
  • a person under the age of eighteen, but this shall not apply to the issue of handguns to members of the Armed Forces of the United States, active or reserve, National Guard, State Militia, or R. O. T. C., when on duty or training or the temporary loan of handguns for instructions under the immediate supervision of a parent or adult instructor; or
  • a person who by order of a circuit judge or county court judge of this State has been adjudged unfit to carry or possess a firearm, such adjudication to be made upon application by any police officer, or by any prosecuting officer of this State, or sua sponte, by the court, but a person who is the subject of such an application is entitled to reasonable notice and a proper hearing prior to any such adjudication.

Registering a Firearm

It is prohibited for any government agency to require the registration of privately owned firearms.[2]

Concealed Carry

A resident of South Carolina is only allowed to carry a concealed firearm if they have a valid Concealed Weapon Permit.[3]

How to Apply

An applicant has to be at least twenty-one (21) years old to be approved for a Concealed Weapon Permit.

Step 1 – Complete a Concealed Weapon Permit Application either online or by mail.

Step 2 – Include the following in the application:

  • Photocopy of current state-issued I.D. or DHS alien card;
  • Two (2) completed and signed fingerprint cards;

Step 3 – Pay the $50 application fee.

Step 4 – It will take up to ninety (90) days for the application to be approved or denied.


South Carolina will recognize concealed carry licenses from all states except the following:[4] Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.


  1. SC Code § 16-23-30(A)
  2. SC Code § 23-31-510(1)
  3. SC Code § 16-23-20(12)
  4. SC Code § 23-31-215(N)