What Businesses Need to Know: SC Open Carry Law Goes into Effect This Weekend

What Businesses Need to Know: SC Open Carry Law Goes into Effect This Weekend

The new “Open Carry with Training Act” goes into effect this Sunday, August 15th. We have had several questions about how this will affect business owners. See below for what you need to know.

When can South Carolinians with a valid concealed weapons permit begin openly carrying weapons?

Sunday, August 15th, 2021.

 

Who can openly carry firearms under this law?

Only those individuals with a valid SC concealed weapons permits can begin to openly carry firearms.

 

What firearms can be openly carried by concealed weapons permit holders?

A firearm having a length of less than twelve inches measured along its greatest dimension.

 

Can a business prohibit an individual with a concealed weapons permit to openly carry firearms on their premises?

Yes, nothing has changed about the current law regarding a business’s ability to prohibit both concealed and openly carried weapons onto its premises. The Act specifies that nothing shall be “construed to limit, diminish, or otherwise infringe upon the right of a public or private employer to prohibit a person…from carrying a concealable weapon, whether concealed or openly carried, upon the premises of the business or work place…” However, the business is still required to post a sign as required by the Act.

 

What sign must a business post to prohibit concealed or openly carried weapons?

The Act specifies that a business can either post a sign prohibiting concealed or openly carried weapons which is unique to that business OR they can choose to post a clearly visible sign that adheres to the following guidelines (for a building WITH doors):

  • Contain the words 'NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS ALLOWED' in black one-inch tall uppercase type at the bottom of the sign and centered between the lateral edges of the sign;
  • Eight inches wide by twelve inches tall in size;
  • Contain a black silhouette of a handgun inside a circle seven inches in diameter with a diagonal line that runs from the lower left to the upper right at a forty-five degree angle from the horizontal;
  • A diameter of a circle; and
  • P laced not less than forty inches and not more than sixty inches from the bottom of the building's entrance door.

Signs must be posted at each entrance to the building.

 

For businesses that choose to prohibit either concealed or openly carried weapons on their premises but the premises do not have doors, a business can either post a sign prohibiting concealed or openly carried weapons which is unique to that business OR they can choose to post a sign that adheres to the following guidelines (premises WITHOUT doors):

  • Contain the words 'NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS ALLOWED' in black three-inch tall uppercase type at the bottom of the sign and centered between the lateral edges of the sign;
  • Thirty-six inches wide by forty-eight inches tall in size;
  • Contain a black silhouette of a handgun inside a circle thirty-four inches in diameter with a diagonal line that is two inches wide and runs from the lower left to the upper right at a forty-five degree angle from the horizontal and must be a diameter of a circle whose circumference is two-inches wide;
  • Placed not less than forty inches and not more than ninety-six inches above the ground;
  • Posted in sufficient quantities to be clearly visible from any point of entry onto the premises.

 

Again – nothing in the bill prevents a business owner from posting a sign prohibiting concealed or openly carries weapons which may be unique to that business.

 

For more information, you can read the “Open Carry with Training Act” in its entirety.