Reminder: Never Display Your Firearm Unless…
As a side note: almost all road rage incidents can be resolved without the display or use of a firearm. You should never display your firearm unless you are in a situation where you must use it to neutralize a threat of death or great bodily injury. Pulling a gun during a road rage incident is generally a bad idea. Unless, of course, the situation escalates into a deadly-force situation.
Handgun Storage In A Vehicle
Another of the most common mistakes handgun owners in South Carolina make is improperly storing their handgun in their vehicle. If you have a valid South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) or a permit from a state which South Carolina has reciprocity, you may carry a handgun on your person, concealed, under any seat in the vehicle, or in any open or closed storage compartment within the vehicle’s passenger compartment.
A person without a valid CWP, who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law, may have a loaded handgun in their vehicle while traveling through South Carolina. So long as the handgun is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle. This law applies equally to both residents and non-residents of South Carolina.
Out-of-State Handgun Transfers
Finally, we need to discuss transferring a handgun to another person who lives out of state. Federal law prohibits the face-to-face transfer of your handgun to someone who is a resident of a different state, even if they are temporarily in your state. Unfortunately, you simply cannot legally give, sell, or in any way transfer a handgun to a resident of another state in a face-to-face transaction. Any transfer of a handgun across state lines must go through a Federal Firearms Licensee, or “FFL.” The receiver of the firearm must take possession of it from an FFL in their state.
Even though the element of surprise is great when giving gifts, in the case of handguns, it is not worth the risk. If a handgun is transferred between parties living in different states directly, both parties are guilty of a federal felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. This applies even between close family members or friends.
Following this advice will keep you from making one of these three dangerous and costly common firearm mistakes.
For any other questions regarding South Carolina gun law and commonly made mistakes, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak with your Independent Program Attorney.