Constitutional Carry

The Right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
— The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Did you know that in South Carolina, you can legally own a gun, but not be allowed to carry it?

  • NO open carry—only FL, IL, NY, and CA share this liberal restriction!

  • NO concealed carry without a permit—and getting a permit involves a day of going to class, about $100 in fees and coursework, fingerprints, and more.

As a result, fewer than half of gun owners in South Carolina have a permit authorizing them to carry concealed. They cannot legally carry, even if their life depends on it!

The Second Amendment of the US Constitution puts it so plainly: “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” (emphasis added).

There it is. It couldn’t be any plainer.

It’s a right, not a privilege. That goes for both owning and carrying.

Since the 1962, South Carolina has infringed on your right to keep and bear arms by restricting who can carry, and how they can carry. It’s high time we did something about it.

My Legislation

  • H.3456 of 2019 - allows open or concealed carry without a permit, preserves the CWP as an optional step, and expands CWP reciprocity with other states.

The Progress We’ve Made

My Legislation

  • H.3700, 2017 Constitutional Carry bill, forced a roll-call vote on a motion to recall from committee

  • H.3716, 2015 Constitutional Carry bill

Sometimes, passing strong pro-gun legislation means breaking the rules and defying the conventional wisdom.