Gun Law in South Carolina

gun1Gun Law in South Carolina is a supplemental assortment that was used as an aid for the CLE hosted in Charleston in 24, 2016.

This supplement is informative for individuals who are looking for an easy refresher on the South Carolina gun laws or exploring the topic for the first time as a curious law student. The table of contents provides the areas explored:

  • Constitutional Components of Firearms Law
  • South Carolina Concealed and Open Carry Law
  • Title 1 Firearms and Their Regulation
  • Title 1 Firearms
  • State and Federal Firearms Laws: What Attorneys Need to Know
  • Title 2 Firearms: Unique and Misunderstood
  • Gun Trusts
  • Gun Ownership Legal Concerns
  • Protections of Person and Property Act Lecture
  • Firearms Dealers and Licensing Requirements
  • Ethics Considerations When Representing Fun Owners or Dealers


You’ll explore the Second Amendment from the very beginning:

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Leading up to the Bill of Rights:

…leading up to the American Revolutionary War, there was an attempt to confiscate the arms and ammunition of the colonists…

Codification of Existing Right:

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1799

 District of Columbia v. Heller

…leading up to the American Revolutionary War, there was an attempt to confiscate the arms and ammunition of the colonists…


Castle Doctrine:

Recognizes that a person’s home is his castle, and is extended to include an occupied vehicle and a person’s place of business. Establishes that the defendant must be without fault in bringing on the difficulty. The defendant must actually believe he is in imminent danger or loss of life or serious bodily injury or actually was in such danger and a reasonable or prudent man would act the same. There must be no other means other than danger of losing his own life.

Concealed Weapons Permit:

Requirements. What does it mean once you have one? What are your responsibilities as a CWP holder? What you CAN’T do with or without a CWP.


This book offers real definitions and working current law we can take and apply in real time:

A shotgun is a weapon designed to be fired from the should to use the energy of an explosive to fire through a smooth bore either a number of shot or a single projectile for each single pull of the trigger.

A rifle is a weapon designed to be fired from the shoulder to use the energy of an explosive to fire only a single projectile through a rifled bore for each single pull of the trigger

A handgun is generally a firearm designed to be fired from the hand and not the shoulder. There are 2 general types: Semi- Automatic and Revolvers.

A semiautomatic pistol has a magazine into which the rounds are loaded, which is then inserted into the base of the portion gripped by the hand, removed when empty and refilled, and then inserted to resume firing.

A revolver has a cylinder that is affixed to the handgun and is round into which 5 or 6 rounds are inserted, and the cylinder is then closed into the frame. Then manually, after the rounds are fired, the cylinder is tilted outside the frame, and the spent casings are dropped out.

These real working definitions are helpful in knowing and becoming informed about the law so that we can accurately apply it within practice across several areas of Law.


Model Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information:

When Clients are a Danger to Themselves or Others?

How to get advice on potentially breaking privilege?


The background of the authors coupled with the informative contents will help aid in effectively learning or refreshing about this current hot topic. Additionally, individuals with non-legal backgrounds as well can learn from this book— knowing how to protect yourself as well as your property is an essential right that is laid out effectively and systematically.

Gun Law in South Carolina serves as a precise and easy resource in identifying gun laws in South Carolina and other areas that is involved within from the bare bone rights to the always transforming statutes to gun dealers to ethics attorneys have to address when dealing with topics of mass controversy. My opinion of the book is that it a lightweight and easy to read collection that would be helpful as a guide or even as a refresher. This book would serve best people who are well informed with current gun laws as well as people who are brand new. The contents are organized in a way that really explores multiple important areas that reaches areas of interest from guns and trusts probate court to ethics and dealing with firearms.

To order the CLE book today, contact the National Business Institute. Keep in mind that CLEs older than 2 years no longer have any online access so the book is the only thing you will get with purchasing. The cost of the event was $349 and it was held in Charleston, South Carolina. The book by itself separately is available for purchase for $349.

by Madison Johnston

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