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If you are interested in becoming a certified CWP instructor, please call (803) 896-7015 (or email for an application packet.

*Below is a temporary change in the concealed weapons permit law enacted during the 2013 legislative session. Temporary provisos are enacted in the State budget and are only effective for the State fiscal year (July 1 - June 30); unless re-enacted they expire on June 30, 2014.

62.22. (CWP Renewal and Replacement) A concealed weapons permit may not be suspended by a state official, agent, or employee supported by state funds if the permit holder has initiated a renewal or replacement application and the processing and issuance of a renewal or replacement permit is delayed for administrative reasons. A concealed weapons permit remains valid during the pendency of the renewal or replacement process so long as the application for replacement renewal is submitted prior to the expiration of the permit.


South Carolina Retail Pistol Dealers are required to have a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Effective June 29, 2012, however, dealers are no longer required to have a South Carolina Retail Pistol Dealer License.

Article 3, Chapter 31, Title 23 relating to the regulation of pistols has been repealed.