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A summary of South Carolina laws relating to weapons and conduct that impact workplace violence.
In South Carolina it is unlawful for anyone to carry a pistol on the person, whether concealed or not, except:
A permit does not authorize the permit holder to carry a concealable weapon into:
Valid out-of-state permits to carry concealable weapons held by a resident of a reciprocal state must be honored by South Carolina.
The law allowing individuals to obtain and use permits to carry concealable weapons does not limit the right of a public or private employer to prohibit a person who is licensed from carrying a concealable weapon on the premises of its business or workplace or while using any machinery, vehicle or equipment owned or operated by the business; or the right of a private property owner or person in legal possession or control to allow or prohibit the carrying of a concealable weapon on the premises.
The posting by an employer, owner or person in legal possession or control of a sign stating "No Concealable Weapons Allowed" constitutes notice to a person holding a permit that the employer, owner or person in legal possession or control requests that concealable weapons not be brought on the premises or into the workplace. The requirement for the posting of signs prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon on any premises may be satisfied by a sign expressing the prohibition in written language interdict or universal sign language.
A person holding a permit to carry a concealable weapon may not carry a concealable weapon into the residence or dwelling place of another person without the express permission of the owner or person in legal control or possession.
Any person may carry a concealable weapon from an automobile or other motorized conveyance to a room or other accommodation the person has rented and for which an accommodation tax has been paid.
Under the Protection of Persons and Property Act, a person who is not engaged in unlawful activity and who is attacked in a place where he or she has a right to be, including, but not limited to, his or her place of business, has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or herself or another person or to prevent the commission of a violent crime.