Local Gun and Knife Ordinances

After doing some searching on Municode for local ordinances regarding knives, I came across some gun related codes well. I?ve listed them here. This list is by no means complete so if anyone knows of local codes where they live, please add them.

Cayce

Sec. 28-113. - Possession of unlawful weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry on or about his person, concealed or not concealed, any pistol, weapon, dirk, butcher knife, case knife six inches or longer, sword or spear, metal knuckles, razor, numb chucks (nunchaku), throwing stars, or any other weapon of offense within the corporate limits of the city, and it shall be the duty of the director of public safety and his assistants to arrest all such offenders.
(Code 1975, ? 18-21.1)

Sec. 28-114. - Discharging firearms.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, fire or explode any handgun, rifle, shotgun or any other form of firearms, or a BB or pellet gun, in the corporate limits of the city; provided, however, that this section shall not be construed to regulate the protection of oneself from immediate dangers to life and limb.
(b) This section shall not apply to lawful firearms discharged pursuant to a yearly permit for organized hunt clubs on non-residential and non-commercial zoned property issued by the director of the city's department of public safety or his designee upon application of the property owner. In determining whether the permit shall be issued, the director may request a background check on club members or guests to determine whether they may lawfully possess firearms, and may consider whether the members or guests previously have been convicted of any criminal charges involving use of firearms, whether the location of the property is in such proximity to dwellings or other structures regularly occupied by persons so as to present an obvious safety hazard, and whether the location of the property otherwise is such that the discharge of firearms on the property is reasonably likely to create noise or other disturbances adversely impacting adjoining properties. The city council may impose a fee for such permits in an amount sufficient to pay costs attributable to administration and enforcement of the permit program. Any person or entity aggrieved by a decision of the director or his designee concerning issuance or denial of a permit shall be filed in writing with the director within ten days after the date of mailing or delivery of the decision on the permit to the property owner. Any appeal shall be to the council which shall hold a hearing on the appeal at a regular or special meeting within 30 days from the date of service of the appeal. At the hearing, the party appealing (if different from the property owner), the property owner, and the director shall have the right to be represented by counsel, to present testimony and evidence, and to cross-examine witnesses. The council shall render a written decision based on findings of fact and application of the criteria herein which shall be served on the parties and shall be final.
(Code 1975, ? 18-22; Ord. of 3-4-2008, ?? 1, 2)

Charleston

Sec. 21-215. - Carrying concealed ice pick or knife with blade exceeding three inches in length.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed about his person any ice pick, razor, knife, dagger or stiletto, the blade of which exceeds three (3) inches in length.
(Code 1975, ? 52-6)
State law reference? Carrying concealed weapons, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Chesnee

Sec. 13-46. - Concealed weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person while in the corporate limits of the city to have or carry, concealed upon his or her person, any pistol or any other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury.
(Comp. of Ords. 1989, ? 11-11)
State law reference? Unlawful carrying of a pistol, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-20.

Sec. 13-47. - Firing of firearms prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to fire any gun, pistol or firearm within the limits of the city.
(Comp. of Ords. 1989, ? 11-10)

Clemson

Sec. 13-12. - Discharging of firearm; drawing weapon in affray.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot, fire, or discharge any gun, pistol, or other firearm at any time and at any place within the limits of the city; provided, however, that this shall not apply to acts of self-defense nor to protection of property.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to draw a knife, gun, pistol, or any dangerous or deadly weapon in any affray or disturbance in the city or, at any time, to threaten another with physical violence with such weapon.
(Ord. of 10-4-82, ? 1)

Columbia

Sec. 14-101. - Discharging firearms, weapons or explosives.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to fire or discharge within the corporate limits of the city any gun, pistol, rifle, firearm, weapon, small arms, air rifle, BB rifle, air pistol, pellet gun, target gun, signal gun, slingshot, bow and arrow, crossbow, rocket or explosive, or any fireworks not authorized by the fire prevention code.
(b) Authority of police to seize devices. Any police officer is hereby authorized and empowered to abate such nuisance whenever any bow and arrows, slingshot or other device for throwing missiles is found in the possession of and being used by a minor or other irresponsible person, by seizing and destroying the device; provided that such seizure shall not prevent the imposition of penalties for violation of this section.
(Code 1979, ? 2-2043; Ord. No. 99-093, 10-27-99)

Sec. 14-102. - Carrying weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about his person any pistol, dirk, butcher knife, case knife, sword or spear, cane, metal knuckles, razors or other weapons of offense within the corporate limits of the city.
(Code 1979, ? 2-2044)
State law reference? Carrying concealed weapons, forfeiture of weapons, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Forest Acres

Sec. 10-9. - Carrying of deadly weapons.
Any person carrying a dagger or similar weapon, switchblade knife, machete, billy club, blackjack, metal knuckles, razor or other instrument with an exposed or retractable blade greater than two (2) inches, pistol or other hand gun, pellet gun, sawed-off rifle or shotgun or other deadly weapon which maybe used for the infliction of personal injury, on or about his/her person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall forfeit such weapon to the city and be fined in the sum of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days, or both. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply to persons carrying weapons upon their own premises, carrying a weapon with a valid permit, carrying a weapon for duly licensed hunting purposes, or peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties.
(Ord. No. 77-19, ? 1, 6-14-77; Ord. No. 93-354, ? 1, 8-10-93; Ord. No. 93-364, ? 1, 10-19-93; Ord. No. 2003-644, ? 1, 9-9-03)
Editor's note?
Ord. No. 77-19, ? 1, adopted June 14, 1977, did not specifically amend this Code; hence its inclusion as ? 10-9 was at the editor's discretion.

Gaffney

Sec. 16-3. - Weapons?Discharge of firearms.
It shall be unlawful for any person to fire or otherwise discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm in the city, except at the designated firing range areas located upon the 93.93-acre tract of land owned by the Gaffney Board of Public Works, lying between Victory Trail (Route 329) and Old Ford Road (S 11-50). Further, this section shall not apply to police officers in the discharge of their duties.
(Code 1964, ? 14-32; Code 1980, ? 12-7; Ord. No. 1999-1, 1-4-1999)

Sec. 16-4. - Same?Shooting of air guns and slingshots prohibited in certain places.
It shall be unlawful for any person to fire or shoot any air gun, air pistol or other like gun or pistol by any other name whatsoever called, or to shoot or use any slingshot or any other weapon of like kind in the city.
(Code 1964, ? 14-33; Code 1980, ? 12-8)

Greenville

Sec. 24-261. - Carrying weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about the person, whether concealed or not, any dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury. Possession of a locked blade knife or sporting knife in excess of three inches or greater gives rise to an inference that the device is a weapon used for the infliction of personal injury. This section shall not apply to law enforcement officers while in the discharge of their duties.
(Code 1985, ? 7-2-21; Ord. No. 97-35, ? 1, 7-14-97)
State law reference? Carrying concealed weapons, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Sec. 24-262. - Bows and arrows, airguns, slingshots and other devices for throwing missiles.
It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot bows and arrows or use airguns, slingshots or any other device for throwing missiles in, across or near any of the streets, alleys or sidewalks of the city or the land of any other person. Police officers shall, whenever any bows and arrows, airguns, slingshots or other devices for throwing missiles are found in the possession and use of any minor or other irresponsible person, seize and destroy such devices, and such seizure shall not prevent the imposing of a fine or imprisonment.
(Code 1985, ? 7-2-22)

Sec. 24-263. - Discharging firearms.
No person, except in cases of urgent necessity, shall discharge or cause to be discharged any firearm in the city. Any firearm so discharged by any minor or disorderly person may, in the discretion of the municipal judge, be forfeited to the city. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to apply to the discharge of firearms in cases of urgent necessity, or in a shooting gallery, or pursuant to the written permission of the chief of police, or in theatrical or like performances or military or similar displays, or to abridge the right of self defense, or to prohibit or restrain any police duty or any other duty enjoined by law or the shooting of any rabid dog or other dangerous animal.
(Code 1985, ? 7-2-23)

Sec. 24-264. - Possession of loaded rifle or shotgun on public property.
It shall be unlawful for any person to have any rifle or shotgun in his possession while on or in any public street, alley or other way or any other public property unless the rifle or shotgun is unloaded, broken down and separated; provided, however, this section shall not apply to duly authorized law enforcement officers or members of the active armed forces of the United States, including the reserve and the National Guard.
(Code 1985, ? 7-2-24)

Greenwood

Sec. 28-247. - Carrying when concealed; forfeiture.
It shall be unlawful for any person, except a duly and lawfully appointed or elected peace officer, to carry concealed about his person any pistol, dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury, save and except upon his own premises. The weapon so carried concealed shall be forfeited to the city upon conviction of a violation of this section.
(Code 1968, ? 23-63; Code 1983, ? 18-158)
State law reference? Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Sec. 28-248. - Discharging guns, pistols, and other firearms.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person, except for the express purpose of destructive squirrel abatement, to fire or discharge within the corporate city limits any gun, pistol, rifle, firearm, weapon, small arms, air rifle, BB rifle, air pistol, pellet gun, target gun, signal gun, slingshot, bow and arrow, crossbow, rocket, explosive and any fireworks not authorized by the provisions of chapter 20, Fire Prevention and Protection.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot squirrels inside the city limits without a valid destructive squirrel abatement permit to discharge firearm in his immediate possession. A destructive squirrel abatement permit to discharge a firearm may be issued by the city manager or his designee to city residents having nuisance squirrels. As a prerequisite of the issuance of the permit, the applicant must certify that he will abide by all policies, conditions, and restrictions as stated on the destructive squirrel abatement permit to discharge a firearm. The destructive squirrel abatement permit to discharge a firearm listed as exhibit A in the ordinance from which this section is derived is on file in the municipal clerk's office and is made part of this section.
(c) Notwithstanding the language contained in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, it shall be lawful to operate an air powered paintball gun for recreational purposes only, in a properly licensed and zoned area of the city, where all reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of participants and others.
(d) The city judge, during his consideration of a case prosecuted under this section, shall consider whether the circumstances of the case justify the forfeiture of the weapon and, upon such finding, the court shall order the weapon forfeited to the police chief, who shall dispose of the weapon as provided in S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-50, as amended.
(Code 1983, ? 18-159; Ord. No. 95-020, 10-16-1995; Ord. No. 97-022, 12-15-1997; Ord. No. 99-026, 10-4-1999)

Sec. 28-249. - Sawed-off shotguns and rifles.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about the person, whether concealed or not, any sawed-off shotgun or rifle, both of which shall have the same meaning, in regard to barrel length, as the term "sawed-off shotgun" is defined in S.C. Code 1976, ? 23-31-310, and it shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell or offer for sale, lease, rent, barter, exchange or transport for sale into this city any such shotgun or rifle.
(Code 1968, ? 23-65; Code 1983, ? 18-160)
State law reference? Sawed-off shotguns, etc., S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-210.

Sec. 28-250. - Drawing in affray.
It shall be unlawful for any person to draw a knife, gun, pistol or any dangerous or deadly weapon in any affray or disturbance in the city or at any time to threaten another with physical violence with such.
(Code 1968, ? 23-66; Code 1983, ? 18-161)

Greer


Sec. 62-252. - Discharging firearms generally.
No person, except in cases of urgent necessity, shall discharge or cause to be discharged any firearms within the city, except in a licensed shooting gallery, except upon the written permit of the chief of police. Nothing in this section shall be construed to abridge the right of self-defense or to apply to theatrical or like performance or military or similar displays. Any firearm so discharged by any minor or disorderly person may be seized, in the discretion of the recorder or chief of police, and sold for the benefit of the city; provided that nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit or restrain any police duty or other duty enjoined by law or the shooting of any mad dog or other dangerous animal.
(Code 1982, ? 19-142)
State law reference? Discharging firearms at or into dwellings, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-440.

Sec. 62-253. - Using bows and arrows, slingshots, etc.
The shooting of bows and arrows and the use of airguns, slingshots or other devices for throwing missiles in, across or near any other streets, lanes, alleys or sidewalks of the city or the land of any person is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and any person so offending shall be punished as provided in section 1-14. Every police officer is hereby authorized and required to abate such nuisance whenever any bows and arrows, airguns, slingshots or other devices for throwing missiles shall be found in the possession and use of any minor or other irresponsible person, by seizing and destroying such devices. The seizure and destruction of such instrumentality shall not preclude or prevent the imposing of the penalty prescribed.
(Code 1982, ? 19-143)

Sec. 62-254. - Carrying when concealed.
(a) No person shall carry a dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury concealed about his person. If convicted of violating this section in city court, the person so convicted shall forfeit to the city the weapon so carried concealed and be punished as provided in section 1-14. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to apply to persons carrying concealed weapons upon their own premises or to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties as such.
(b) Exempt from this section are persons with valid permits issued or recognized pursuant to the Law Abiding Citizens Self-Defense Act of 1996, S.C. Code 1976, ? 23-31-205 et seq.
(Code 1982, ? 19-144)
State law reference? Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Sec. 62-256. - Switchblade knives.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale or carry about his person a switchblade knife within the city.
(b) Any such switchblade knife sold, offered for sale or carried on the person in violation of the provisions of this section shall be forfeited to the city upon conviction of any person of such violation.
(c) The term "switchblade knife," as used in this section, means a knife having the appearance of a pocket knife, the blade or blades of which can be opened by a flick of a button, pressure on the handle or other mechanical device.
(Code 1982, ? 19-146)

Sec. 22-103. - Concealed weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed about his person any pistol, dirk, metal knuckles, razor, ice pick, hawkbill knife or any spring or clasp knife, which has a blade more than three inches in length, or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injuries.
(Code 1985, ? 15-403)
State law reference? Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Sec. 22-104. - Discharge of firearms.
It shall be unlawful to fire or discharge any firearm, air rifle, slingshot, or other device within the town which may be potentially harmful to persons or property except police officers, members of the U. S. Armed Forces, Reserve or National Guard while performing their official duties or except in the Fringe Agricultural district (FA).
(Code 1985, ? 15-404; Ord. No. 06-24, 12-5-2006)

Lexington

? 136.01 - LOADED GUNS.
It is unlawful to carry any loaded gun in the municipality. This section shall not apply to any law enforcement officer or other person entitled by state law to carry a loaded gun.
('60 Code, ? 10-32; Am. Ord. 351, ? 4, passed 1-5-98)

? 136.02 - SHOOTING GUNS OR PISTOLS.
It is unlawful for any person to shoot or discharge any firearm within the municipality.
('60 Code, ? 10-27)
Cross reference? Penalty, see ? 130.99

? 136.03 - CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON.
(A) It is unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of the municipality to carry concealed about his person any pistol, dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapons, commonly used for inflicting personal injury.
(B) Nothing herein shall be construed to apply to:
(1) Persons carrying concealed weapons on their own premises;
(2) Persons carrying concealed weapons pursuant to and in compliance with [S.C. Code] Article 4 of Chapter 31 of Title 23;
(3) Persons carrying concealed weapons pursuant to and in compliance with S.C. Code ? 16-23-20. (S.C. Code ? 16-23-460)
('60 Code, ? 10-24; Am. Ord. 2003-39, passed 9-2-03)

Mauldin

Sec. 26-3. - Discharge of firearms within city.
No person shall discharge any firearm within the city except by permission of the chief of police, granted for special occasions, except in proper position for firing salutes or by command of a proper military or police officer in the performance of official duty, or in a licensed shooting range or gallery.
(Ord. No. 519, ? 1, 9-25-2000)
Cross reference? Firing pistols or guns in cemeteries, ? 12-4.

North Augusta

Sec. 16-180. - Presenting or pointing firearms.
It shall be unlawful for any person to present or point at any other person any loaded or unloaded firearm in the city. Any person convicted hereunder shall forfeit the said weapon to the city. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to abridge the right of self-defense, or to apply to public officers or members of the armed forces of the United States or this state when acting in the line of duty, or to lawful theatrical or like performances.
(Ord. No. 84-26, ? 1, 1-21-85)

Sec. 16-181. - Discharging firearms generally; forfeiture of weapon in certain cases.
No person, except in cases of urgent necessity, shall discharge or cause to be discharged any firearm in the city. Any firearm so discharged shall be forfeited to the city. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to apply to this discharge of firearms in a shooting gallery or pursuant to the written permission of the mayor or public safety director or to theatrical or like performances or military or similar displays, or to abridge the right of self-defense, or to prohibit or restrain any police duty or any other duty imposed by law or the shooting of any rabid dog or other dangerous or wild animal.
(Ord. No. 84-26, ? 1, 1-21-85)

Sec. 16-182. - Discharging firearms at or into dwellings.
Any person who shall unlawfully discharge or cause to be discharged any firearm at or into any house occupied as a dwelling shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(Ord. No. 84-26, ? 1, 1-21-85)

Sec. 16-183. - Carrying concealed weapons a misdemeanor; forfeiture of weapons.
Any person carrying a dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor, or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury, concealed about the person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, in the municipal court, shall forfeit to the city the weapon so carried concealed and be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than two hundred dollars ($200.00) or imprisoned not less than ten (10) days, in the discretion of the court. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply to persons carrying concealed weapons upon their own premises or to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties as such.
(Ord. No. 84-26, ? 1, 1-21-85)

Sec. 16-184. - Dirks and ice picks less than twenty inches long and one pound in weight.
Any person carrying a dirk or ice pick less than twenty (20) inches long and one pound in weight shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any person convicted hereunder shall forfeit the weapon to the city.
(Ord. No. 84-26, ? 1, 1-21-85)

Sec. 16-185. - Bows and arrows, air guns, slingshots, etc.
It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot arrows or use air guns, slingshots, or any other device for throwing missiles in, across, or near any of the streets, sidewalks, or public places of the city or the land of any other person. Any person convicted hereunder shall forfeit the weapon to the city.
(Ord. No. 84-26, ? 1, 1-21-85)

Pickens

- Carrying concealed weapon.
Any person carrying a dirk, sling shot, metal knuckles, razor and or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of injury concealed about his or her person unlawfully shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof the municipal court, shall forfeit to the city the weapon so carried concealed. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to apply to persons carrying concealed weapons upon their own premises or to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties as such.
(Code 1977, ? 14-2; Ord. No. 2009-10, 6-15-09)
State law reference? Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Sec. 10-3. - Discharge of firearms, air rifles, etc.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm at any time or place within the city, except when used in lawful defense of person or property or upon permission from the chief of police.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any pellet gun, air rifle or other mechanism or device designed or used to project pellets, BB's or other missiles by compressed air or mechanical action with less than deadly force, except at places designated for such purpose or upon private property with the consent of the property owner and under supervision of a competent adult person.
(Code 1977, ? 14-5.1)

Pickens County

Sec. 28-7. - Certain acts unlawful at county parks.
It shall be unlawful for any person to commit any of the following acts at any park or facility under the jurisdiction of the county:
(1) Destroying, defacing, disturbing, disfiguring, or removing any part of any building, sign, structure, or equipment.
(2) Killing, harming, or harassing any mammal, bird, reptile, or amphibian, except by permit issued by the county or by permit issued by the state department of natural resources for designated game management areas.
(3) Hunting in any area, with the exception of those that may be designated as game management areas.
(4) Destroying, cutting, breaking, removing, defacing, mutilating, injuring, taking or gathering any tree, shrub, other plant or plant part, rock, mineral, or geological feature except by permit issued by the county.
(5) Building any fire in any place other than those specifically designated for such a purpose.
(6) Disposing of litter, garbage, or other refuse in places or receptacles other than those specifically provided for such purpose. Such unlawful disposing of litter, garbage, or refuse shall include:
a. Dumping any refuse or waste from any trailer or other vehicle except in places or receptacles provided for such use.
b. Cleaning fish, or food, or washing clothing, or articles for household use in any sink, or at any faucet located in restrooms.
c. Polluting or contaminating any water used for human consumption.
d. Using park refuse containers or facilities for dumping household or commercial garbage or trash brought as such from private property.
e. Depositing, except into receptacles provided for that purpose, any body waste, or depositing any bottles, cans, clothes, rags, metal, wood, stone, or other damaging substance in any fixture in any restroom, or other structure.
(7) Possessing any firearm, air gun, explosive, or firework except by duly authorized park personnel, law enforcement officers, or persons using areas specifically designated by the county for use of firearms, air guns, fireworks, or explosives. Licensed hunters may have firearms in their possession during hunting seasons provided that such firearms are unloaded and carried in a case or the trunk of a vehicle except that in designated game management areas where hunting is permitted, licensed hunters may use firearms for hunting in the manner authorized by law.
(8) Operating vehicles in a reckless manner, or in excess of posted speed limits, or in areas other than those specifically intended for vehicular traffic. A violation of the following provisions shall constitute the unlawful operating of vehicles:
a. Motorbikes, minibikes, mopeds, motorcycles, motor scooters, go-carts and any other type motorized vehicle shall not be driven in any area or on any trail not intended for their use. Only licensed motorized vehicles shall be allowed on park roads. Golf carts also will be allowed on park roads when driven by licensed drivers.
b. No motorized vehicle of any kind shall be allowed on horse trails, hiking trails or beach areas.
c. Motor vehicles shall not be driven on roads in developed recreation sites for any purpose other than access into or egress out of the site.
d. No motorized vehicle of any kind shall be operated at any time without a muffler in good working order, or in such a manner as to create excessive or unusual noise, or annoying smoke, or using a muffler cut-off, by-pass, or similar device.
e. No person shall excessively accelerate the engine of a motor vehicle or motorcycle when such vehicle is not moving or is approaching or leaving a stopping place.
f. Vehicles shall not be permitted in a camping area unless the operator thereof is a registered guest within the area, except for the expressed intent of renting such area or with prior permission of authorized park officials.
(9) Acting in a disorderly manner or creating any noise which would result in annoyance to others. Acting in a disorderly manner shall include inciting or participating in riots, or indulging in boisterous, abusive, threatening, indecent, or disorderly conduct. In addition to other authorized penalty provisions anyone in violation of this subsection may be ejected from the park and shall not be entitled to a refund of any fee or rental.
(10) Entering or remaining within the limits of the park or facility while in an intoxicated or drugged condition.
(11) Operating or using audio device, including radio, television, musical instruments, or any other noise producing devices, such as electrical generators, and equipment driven by motor engines, in such a manner and at such times as to disturb other persons and no person shall operate or use any public address system, whether fixed, portable, or vehicle mounted, except when such use or operation has been approved by the county.
(12) Engaging in or soliciting business within a park or facility except where authorized by the county and no person shall distribute, post, place, or erect any bills, notices, paper, or advertising device, or matter of any kind without consent of the county.
(13) Bringing a dog or any other animal into the park or facility unless it is crated, caged, or upon a leash or otherwise under physically restrictive control at all times. For this purpose:
a. No person shall keep in the park or retain in the park a noisy, vicious, or dangerous dog or animal, or one that is disturbing to other persons after he has been asked by a park official to remove such animal.
b. No person shall bring saddle, pack, or draft animals into a site that has not been developed to accommodate them.
(14) Entering a facility or area without regard to restrictions on public use. These restrictions on public use shall include the following provisions and a violation of such provisions shall be considered to be a violation of this subsection:
a. No person shall willfully provide erroneous information for any campsite registration.
b. No minors under 16 years of age shall register for a campsite.
c. No person or persons shall occupy a campsite for a consecutive period longer than 14 days without permission from the county.

(Ord. No. 331, ? 7, 2-2-2004)
 
I swore the Greenville statute was changed or done away with. I guess I'm a criminal with the my knives I carry, lol.
 

Bob Ouellette

New Member
I could be mistaken, but I was under the impression that the State laws were above local laws. At least this is what I was told in the CWP class that I took.
 
carsontech said:
I swore the Greenville statute was changed or done away with. I guess I'm a criminal with the my knives I carry, lol.
If you go to the city website and find their code section, it directs you back to municode which is where I quoted from. It would be interesting to find out if they update municode when a city changes their code. It would suck if the online version were wrong!

http://library.municode.com/index.aspx? ... 20Carolina
 
Bob Ouellette said:
I could be mistaken, but I was under the impression that the State laws were above local laws. At least this is what I was told in the CWP class that I took.
No, you are partly right. Section 23-31-510/520 defines preemption as follows:

SECTION 23-31-510. Prohibition against regulation of certain matters.

No governing body of any county, municipality, or other political subdivision in this State may enact or promulgate any regulation or ordinance which regulates or attempts to regulate the transfer, ownership, possession, carrying, or transportation of firearms, ammunition, components of firearms, or any combination of these things.

SECTION 23-31-520. Power to regulate public use of firearms; confiscation of firearms or ammunition.

This article does not affect the authority of any county, municipality, or political subdivision to regulate the careless or negligent discharge or public brandishment of firearms, nor does it prevent the regulation of public brandishment of firearms during the times of or a demonstrated potential for insurrection, invasions, riots, or natural disasters. This article denies any county, municipality, or political subdivision the power to confiscate a firearm or ammunition unless incident to an arrest.
Now IANAL, but it seems like the localities may regulate negligent discharge, or brandishing, but not the possession or carry of a gun.
 
John Canuck said:
carsontech said:
I swore the Greenville statute was changed or done away with. I guess I'm a criminal with the my knives I carry, lol.
If you go to the city website and find their code section, it directs you back to municode which is where I quoted from. It would be interesting to find out if they update municode when a city changes their code. It would suck if the online version were wrong!

http://library.municode.com/index.aspx? ... 20Carolina
Nevermind, after looking back at when I was researching knife laws, I found that it was the state law, not a Greenville ordnance, concerning knifes that was amended to allow any sized knife to be carry concealed, this was the statute that was amended:

"SECTION 16-23-460. Carrying concealed weapons; forfeiture of weapons.
(A) A person carrying a deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury concealed about his person is guilty of a misdemeanor, must forfeit to the county, or, if convicted in a municipal court, to the municipality, the concealed weapon, and must be fined not less than two hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not less than thirty days nor more than ninety days.
(B) The provisions of this section do not apply to:
(1) A person carrying a concealed weapon upon his own premises or pursuant to and in compliance with Article 4, Chapter 31 of Title 23; or
(2) peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties.

(C) The provisions of this section also do not apply to rifles, shotguns, dirks, slingshots, metal knuckles, knives, or razors unless they are used with the intent to commit a crime or in furtherance of a crime."




Anyway, here's two more resources for knife laws in SC, I didn't checked ithem for accuracy yet:

http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/USKnife2.pdf

http://thefiringline.com/library/blades/knifelaws.html
 
Here's an interesting fact. Back when I was researching ways to get around the state law forbidding the open carrying a handguns, I found out there's NO SC state law that says you CAN'T carry, openly or concealed, any "rifles, shotguns, dirks, slingshots, metal knuckles, knives, or razors".

There are, however, city and county ordinances, which John Canuck has posted, that do not allow certain weapons to be carried on a person. Some ordanances only allow open carry of certain weapons, some only allow concealed carry, some have length restrictions, and some have no restrictions whatsoever (state law would be followed in this event). Take note of the firearm preemption statute, though.

From what I have seen, I know some cities and counties don't put there code on Municode. Some have their code directly on there city or county website. Some don't have them posted online at all, you have to go to the local city hall, or such, to find out the the code.
 
Keep in mind the state's firearm preemtion statutes for the following ordinances:


Abbeville

Sec. 12-121. - Carrying concealed weapon.
No person, except a duly appointed or elected peace officer, shall carry concealed about his person any pistol, dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury, except upon his own premises. Any weapon which is carried concealed shall be forfeited to the city upon conviction of a violation of this section.
(Code 1979, ? 9-4-3)
State law reference? Carrying concealed weapons, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Sec. 12-122. - Possession, manufacture or sale of certain pistols prohibited.
No person shall carry about him, whether concealed or not, any pistol less than 20 inches long and three pounds in weight, and no person shall manufacture, sell or offer for sale, lease, rent, barter, exchange or transport for sale into the city any pistol of less length and weight.
(Code 1979, ? 9-4-4)
State law reference? Offenses involving pistols, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-10 et seq.

Sec. 12-123. - Discharge of firearms or air rifles.
No person shall fire or discharge pistols, guns, rifles or other firearms, including air rifles, within the city.
(Code 1979, ? 9-4-5)

Sec. 12-124. - Drawing weapon in affray; use of weapon to threaten another.
No person shall draw a knife, gun, pistol or any dangerous or deadly weapon in any affray or disturbance in the city, or at any time to threaten another with physical violence with such a weapon.
(Code 1979, ? 9-4-6)

Sec. 12-125. - Slingshots.
No person shall use a slingshot in any public place within the city.
(Code 1979, ? 9-4-7)


Aiken

Sec. 22-4. - Discharging firearms or other weapons.
(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm, air rifle, or other weapon within the corporate limits of the city. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to apply to persons discharging firearms in protection of their life or property; to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties as such; to members of the United States Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserve when in the performance of their duties.
(b)
Landowners discharging a firearm on that landowner's property to protect the landowner's family, employees, the general public, or the landowner's property from animals that the landowner reasonably believes pose a direct threat or danger to the landowner's property, people on the landowner's property, or the general public commit no violation of this section nor commit any unlawful act under the Aiken City Code by doing so.
For purposes of this section landowners' properties must be a parcel of land comprised of at least 25 contiguous acres.
(Code 1980, ? 13-4; Ord. No. 09082008B, ? 1(Exh. A), 9-8-2008)


Aiken County

Sec. 15-2. - Hunting, fishing, discharging firearms on county-owned property.
(a)
Hunting and fishing prohibited; exception. It shall be illegal for any person to either hunt or fish on any property which is owned by the County except upon game management areas which may be provided for by resolution or ordinance of the county governing body.
(b)
Discharging firearms prohibited; exception. It shall be illegal for any person to discharge any firearm on any property which is owned by the county, except in such locations where it has heretofore or may hereafter be provided for by resolution or ordinance of the county governing body or where such discharge is by a law enforcement official in the lawful discharge of his duties of office.
(c)
Penalty. Upon conviction of violating this section, the offender shall be subject to a monetary fine and/or jail sentence not to exceed the penalty jurisdiction of magistrate courts.
(Ord. No. 89-3-10, ?? 1?3, 3-21-89)


Anderson

Sec. 62-335. - Bows and arrows, airguns, slingshots, etc.

It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot bows and arrows or use airguns, slingshots or any other device for throwing missiles in, across or near any of the streets, alleys or sidewalks of the city or the land of any other person. Police officers shall, whenever any bows and arrows, airguns, slingshots or other devices for throwing missiles are found in the possession and use of any minor or other irresponsible person, seize and destroy the device, and such seizure shall not prevent the imposing of a fine or imprisonment.

(Code 1993, ? 35-5)
Sec. 62-336. - Discharging firearms.
No person, except in cases of urgent necessity, shall discharge or cause to be discharged any firearm in the city. Any firearm so discharged by any minor or disorderly person may, in the discretion of the court, be forfeited to the city. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to apply to the discharge of the firearms in cases of urgent necessity, in a shooting gallery or pursuant to the written permission of the mayor or chief of police or to theatrical or like performances or military or similar displays, or to abridge the right of self-defense or to prohibit or restrain any police duty or any other duty enjoined by law or the shooting of any rabid dog or other dangerous animal.
(Code 1993, ? 35-6)
State law reference? Discharging firearms into structures or vehicles, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-440.


Beaufort

Sec. 9-1010. - Discharging firearms prohibited; exceptions.
(a)
It shall be unlawful to discharge any firearm or air gun or spring-loaded gun or device firing a projectile or rocket in the city.
(b)
This section shall not apply to the following:
(1)
Any officer of the law from discharging a firearm in the performance of his duty, nor shall it be construed to prohibit any citizen from discharging a firearm lawfully defending his person when in fear of life, or when in fear of having serious bodily harm inflicted upon him, or when lawfully defending the life of another.
(2)
Commercial indoor target ranges which possess a city business license.
(3)
The use of blank ammunition at athletic events, military funerals and other functions at which the use of blank ammunition is appropriate.
(4)
Low-density developmental properties that have an approved development agreement with the City of Beaufort to allow hunting on those properties, and where hunting is specifically referenced as being permitted within the development agreement.
(5)
Any land zoned "TR, Transitional Residential District" as shown on the "Official Zoning Map, City of Beaufort" shall permit the discharging of firearms for hunting purposes only.
(6)
A landowner discharging a firearm on the landowner's property to protect the landowner's family, employees, the general public, or the landowner's property from animals that the landowner reasonably believes pose a direct threat or danger to the landowner's property, people on the landowner's property, or the general public. For purposes of this item, the landowner's property must be a parcel of land comprised of at least twenty-five (25) contiguous acres.
(1962 Code, ? 24-32; Ord. No. O-17-86, 12-9-86; Ord. No. O-17-97, 4-22-97; Ord. No. O-23-01, 8-28-01; Ord. No. O-27-08, 9-9-08)

Sec. 9-1015. - Concealed weapons in city limits.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry upon his person while in the city limits a blackjack, nunchaku or other device which is primarily designed, made or carried to be used to inflict bodily injury or death. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties as such. Any weapon found in violation of this section shall be forfeited to and/or confiscated by the police department.


Belton

Sec. 26-124. Firearms; carrying; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about the person, whether concealed or not, any pistol, except as follows:
(1) Any person carrying a permit issued by lawful authority, pursuant to state statutes.
(2) Marshals, sheriffs, police officers or other law enforcement officers, or peace officers of the federal government or other states when they are carrying out official duties while in this state.
(3) Members of the armed forces of the United States or of the National Guard, organized reserves or the state militia when on duty.
(4) Members of organizations authorized by law to purchase or receive firearms from the United States or this state, or regularly enrolled members of clubs organized for the purpose of target shooting or collecting modern and antique firearms while the members are at or going to or from their places of target practice, or their shows and exhibits.
(5) Licensed hunters or fishermen while engaged in hunting or fishing.
(6) Any person regularly engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, repossession or dealing in firearms, or the agent or representative of that person while possessing, using or carrying a pistol in the usual or ordinary course of business.
(7) Guards of common carriers, banks and other financial institutions while engaged in that capacity and guards engaged in protection of property of the United States or any agency thereof.
(8) Any authorized military or civil organizations while parading or the members thereof when going to and from the places of meeting of their respective organizations.
(9) Any person in his home, or upon his real property, or fixed place of business.
(10) Any person in any vehicle where the pistol is secured in a closed glove compartment or closed trunk.
(11) Any person carrying a pistol unloaded and in a secure wrapper from the place of purchase to his home or fixed place of business or while in the process of the changing or moving of one's residence or the changing or moving of one's fixed place of business.
(12) Any night watchman while engaged in his duties as a night watchman.
Upon conviction, the weapon shall be forfeited to the city and disposed of in accordance with city policy.
(Code 2001, ? 14.502)

Sec. 26-125. Concealed weapons.
Except as herein provided, it shall be unlawful for any person to possess or carry concealed about his person any dirk, metal knuckles, razor, ice pick, or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injuries.
(Code 2001, ? 14.504)
State law references: Similar provision, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Sec. 26-126. Carrying weapons; knives; exception.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about his person, whether concealed or not, any dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury or injuries. This section shall not apply to peace officers while in the discharge of their duties.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person within the city to possess or conceal upon his person any knife, measuring seven inches or greater in length either when opened or unopened, or any switchblade knife.
(1) For the purposes of this section, the term "switchblade knife" shall mean any knife having a blade which opens automatically, by hand pressure applied to a button or other device in the handle of the knife, by operation or inertia, gravity or both.
(2) This section does not apply to pocket knives, which when open, do not exceed 5 inches in overall length.
(Code 2001, ? 14.505)


Bluffton

Sec. 18-82. - Discharge of firearms, dangerous devices.
(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person to carelessly or negligently discharge or cause to be discharged any loaded or unloaded firearm of any kind.
(b)
It shall be unlawful within the corporate limits to fire, aim, or discharge any air rifle, pellet rifle, slingshot, or other device, in any manner which may be intentionally used to harm any person or property.
(c)
Nothing contained herein shall be construed to abridge the right of self-defense or to apply to theatricals or like performances or to police officers in the discharge of their duties.
(d)
Nothing herein shall prohibit hunting if otherwise permitted under State law.
(Code 1999, ? 14.705)

Sec. 2-202.- Mayoral orders authorized in event of state of emergency.
(a)
The Mayor, after proclaiming a state of emergency and prior to terminating such, may make and proclaim any or all of the following orders prohibiting:
...
(4)
The possession of firearms or any other deadly weapon by a person, other than a law enforcement officer, in a place other than that person's place of residence or business;
...
(Ord. No. 2008-15, ? 1, 9-23-2008)


Briarcliffe Acres

Sec. 16-31. - Discharge of weapons on beach.
The discharge, or cause to be discharged, by any person of any firearm of any kind or nature, air rifle, pellet gun, sling shot or any similar device on the beach or its access is prohibited.
(Ord. No. 92-02, 6-15-1992)

Sec. 16-57. - Discharge of weapons prohibited.
The discharge, or cause to be discharged, by any person of any firearm of any kind or nature, air rifle, pellet gun, sling shot, or any similar device, within the corporate limits of the town is hereby prohibited and is declared to be unlawful.
(Ord. No. 81-7, 10-12-1981)


Camden

? 133.01 FIRING OR DISCHARGING GUNS PROHIBITED; EXCEPTIONS.
(A) It shall be unlawful for any person to fire or discharge any projectile from any gun within the city, regardless of how or by what means such projectile may be propelled from the gun. The word "GUN," as used in this section, shall include an air gun or a "B-B" gun.
(B) Not withstanding the forgoing, the live fire and discharge of black powder muskets, or similar antique weapons shall be allowed in connection with historic reenactments and similar events provided the event organizers receive permission from City Council for the discharge of said weapons at least 30 days in advance of the event. The event organizers must satisfy City Council that set standards and safety guidelines assuring the safety of all visitors, contestants, and demonstrators have been developed and will be enforced.
('64 Code, ? 17-13) (Ord. 05-012, passed 7-12-05) Penalty, see ? 130.99

? 133.02 CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPONS.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry a pistol, dirk, dagger, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor, or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury, concealed about his person within the city, except upon his own premises. Any weapon so carried concealed shall be forfeited to the city upon conviction of a person of a violation of this section.
(S.C. Code ? 16-23-460) ('64 Code, ? 17-38) Penalty, see ? 130.99

? 133.03 BLACKJACKS.
(A) For the purpose of this section the following definition shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
"BLACKJACK" or "CLUB." Police type blackjacks or any other type club, with or without hand thongs and whether or not loaded, which can or may be concealed about the person, and which can be used as a weapon.
(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, or carry on his person any blackjack or club of a similar nature in the city; provided, that duly constituted officers of the law shall be excepted from the provisions of this section.
(C) Any such blackjack or club sold, offered for sale, or carried on the person in violation of the provisions of this section shall be forfeited to the city upon conviction of any person of such violation.
('64 Code, ? 17-39) (Ord., passed 3-23-59) Penalty, see ? 130.99

? 133.04 SWITCHBLADE KNIVES.
(A) For the purpose of this section the following definition shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
"SWITCHBLADE KNIFE." A knife having the appearance of a pocket knife, the blade or blades of which can be opened by a flick of a button, pressure on the handle, or other mechanical device.
(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, or carry about his person a switchblade knife within the city.
(C) Any such switchblade knife sold, offered for sale or carried on the person in violation of the provisions of this section shall be forfeited to the city upon conviction of any person of such violation.
('64 Code, ? 17-40) (Ord., passed 3-23-59) Penalty, see ? 130.99

? 91.05 CERTAIN ACTS PROHIBITED DURING EMERGENCY.
During the existence of a proclaimed state of public emergency when a curfew has been defined and imposed, it shall be unlawful for anyone subject to curfew:
...
(B) To possess off one's own premises, buy, sell, give away, or otherwise transfer or dispose of any explosives, firearms, ammunition, or dangerous weapon of any kind.
...
('64 Code, ? 17-42(f)) (Ord. passed 7-22-68) Penalty, see ? 10.99


Chester

Sec. 38-11. Discharge of weapons.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person without a permit to fire or discharge within the City any firearm, weapon, air rifle, pellet gun, target gun, slingshot, crossbow, or bow and arrow.
(b) Discharge of weapons is lawful as an act of self-defense or defense of others, or at a shooting or archery range that has a valid business license.
(c) No permit is required for ownership or use of a weapon for which a state permit is not required, including but not limited to air rifles, pellet guns, target guns, slingshots, crossbows, and bows and arrows.
(Code 1995, ? 9-312)

Sec. 2-248. Prohibited acts during emergency curfew.
During the existence of a curfew imposed by reason of a state of emergency, it shall be unlawful for any person subject to the curfew to:
...
(2) Possess beyond a person's own private premises, buy, sell, give away, or otherwise transfer or dispose of any explosive, firearm, ammunition, or dangerous weapon of any kind;
...
(Code 1995, ? 9-204)


Chester County

Sec. 38-1. - Discharge of firearms.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge a weapon or firearm within 100 yards of an occupied building or structure.
(Code 1998, ? 8-210)

Sec. 18-1. - States of emergency.
...
(d) The county supervisor and director of emergency management shall issue all such orders as they deem necessary to protect public life, health and safety by carrying out the following duties:
...
(8) Suspend or limit the sale, dispensing or transportation of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives and combustibles;
(Ord. No. 07-17-06B, 7-17-2006)
State law reference? County responsibilities for emergency operations, S.C. Code 1976, ? 25-1-450(2).


Conway

Sec. 9-1-2 - Discharge of firearms; air rifles; explosives.
(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any gun, pistol, other firearm, explosive or any other device within the city except in case of urgent necessity.
(b)
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm, air rifle, BB gun, dart gun, or like devices calculated to disturb or endanger anyone. This section shall not be construed to prohibit firing of firearms in a licensed, established firing range special dispensation may be granted when determined viable and safe by the city administrator. Such a determination will only be made following the completion of a physical on-site inspection by the city administrator. Firearms may be used for hunting within the city limits on tracts of land which include a minimum of 15 acres on land which is zoned forest agriculture or R-1 (low density residential) in accordance with the city official zoning ordinance. Hunting activities shall be conducted in accordance with the laws of the state of South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
(c)
Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to in any way repeal, modify, or otherwise alter any other provision of this code concerning the discharge of firearms of any kind or the setting off of explosives of any kind within the city.
(Code 1978, Secs. 9-1003, 9-1005, as amended by Ord. of 3/25/85; Ord. No. 88-08-22(E), 8/22/88; Ord. No. 99-07-12(L), 7/12/99; Ord. No. 2006-01-09(C), 1/23/06; Ord. No. 2009-05-11(A), 5/11/09)
State Law Reference: Public disorderly conduct, S.C. Code, Sec. 16-17-530; offenses involving weapons, Sec. 16-23-10 et seq.
Amendment Note: The second sentence was added to subsection (b) by the Ord. of 3/25/85. Ord. No. 88-08-22(E) rewrote the above section in its entirety.

Sec. 9-1-2.1 - Carrying concealed weapons.
(a)
Any person carrying a dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapons usually used for the infliction of personal injury, and concealed about his person, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall forfeit to the city the weapon so carried concealed, with the penalty for violating this section as stated in section 1-3-48 of this code.
(b)
Nothing herein contained may be construed to apply to person(s) carrying concealed weapons upon their own premises or to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties. The provisions of this section do not apply to rifles or shotguns unless they are used with the intent to commit a crime or in furtherance of a crime.
(c)
Penalty. The carrying of concealed weapons is punishable by a fine of not more than $200, or by imprisonment of not more than 30 days. Court costs/state assessments will be collected in addition to each fine. Each day any violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
(Ord. No. 91-01-28, 1/28/91)

Sec. 2-4-1 - State of emerqency; curfew authorized.
...
(e) During the existence of a proclaimed state of emergency when a curfew has been imposed, it shall be unlawful for anyone subject to the curfew:
...
(2) To possess off one's own premises, buy, sell, give away, or otherwise transfer or dispose of any explosives, firearms, ammunition, or dangerous weapon of any kind, the term "explosives" as used herein being defined in its broadest sense as any substance or device capable of inflicting injury to person or damage to property, and expressly including so-called "molotov cocktails."
...
(Code 1978, Sec. 2-3001)


Darlington County

Sec. 54-73. - Discharge or public brandishment of firearms.
It shall be unlawful to carelessly or negligently discharge firearms or to publicly brandish firearms on public property.
(Ord. No. 96-26, ? 4, 8-19-96)

Sec. 14-5. - State of disaster or emergency; proclamation, powers of council.
...
(c) In addition to any other powers conferred by law, when a state of disaster or emergency has been declared by the county council, it may under the provisions of this chapter:
...
(9) Suspend or limit the sale, dispensing or transportation of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives and combustibles.


Dillon

? 9-2-2 WEAPONS; CARRYING WHEN CONCEALED.
Any person carrying any pistol, dirk, slingshot, metal knucks, razor or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury concealed about his person within the corporate limits of the city shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall forfeit to the city the weapon so carried concealed and be fined in the sum of not more than one hundred dollars ($100) and not less than twenty dollars ($20) or imprisoned not more than thirty (30) nor less than ten (10) days in the discretion of the court. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to apply to persons carrying concealed weapons upon their own premises or to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties.
(1977 Code, ? 9-1027)

? 9-2-3 SAME; DISCHARGING IN OR NEAR STREETS, ETC.
It shall be unlawful for any person to wilfully discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm or use any slingshot, slungshot or other missile on or near any of the streets, squares or avenues of the city.
(1977 Code, ? 9-1028)

? 9-2-4 SAME; DISCHARGING NEAR BUILDINGS.
It shall be unlawful for any person to wilfully discharge any gun, pistol or other firearms, or to wilfully shoot or use any air rifle or other gun discharging or emitting metal shots or to use any slingshot or other missile, within three hundred (300) feet of any dwelling house or building occupied as a place of business within the corporate limits of the city.
(1977 Code, ? 9-1029)


Edgefield County

? 39.05 COUNTY COUNCIL AUTHORITY.
(A) The County Council shall be responsible for meeting the problems and dangers to the county and its residents resulting from disasters of any origin and may issue proclamations and regulations concerning disaster relief and related matters which during an emergency situation shall have the full force and effect of law.
(B) A state of disaster emergency may be declared by the County Council if it finds a disaster has occurred, or that the threat thereof is imminent, and extraordinary emergency measures are deemed necessary to cope with the existing or anticipated situation. Once declared, the state of emergency shall continue until terminated by proclamation of the County Council. All proclamations issued pursuant to this section shall indicate the nature of the disaster, the area or areas affected by the proclamation, the conditions which required the proclamation of the disaster emergency, and the conditions under which it will be terminated.
(C) In addition to any other powers conferred by law, the County Council may, under the provisions of this resolution:
...
(9) Suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles;
...
(Res. passed 8-5-86; Am. Ord. 02-03-434, passed 5-6-03)


Florence

Sec. 14-19. - Weapons?Discharge.
It shall be unlawful for any person to use, shoot or discharge any gun, pistol, rifle or other firearm or any slingshot, bow and arrow, air gun or any device for throwing missiles.
(Code 1973, ? 18-32)
State law reference? Discharging weapons at or into dwellings, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-440.

Sec. 14-20. - Same?Carrying concealed.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed about the person, any pistol, dirk, dagger, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapon capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or injury; provided, that this section shall not apply to peace officers while in the actual discharge of their duties, nor to persons while on their own premises.
(Code 1973, ? 18-33)
State law reference? Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-17-460.


Florance County

Sec. 22-91. - Unlawful to carry concealed weapon.
It shall be unlawful for any person within Florence County, except a duly and lawfully elected or appointed law enforcement officer to carry concealed about their person any weapon, except upon his/her own premises.
(Ord. No. 43-2005/06, 5-4-06)

Sec. 22-92. - Surrender weapon.
Any individual found in possession of any pistol, dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapons usually used for the infliction of personal injury, except upon his/her own premises, shall immediately surrender the weapon to law enforcement officer and forfeit possession thereof.
(Ord. No. 43-2005/06, 5-4-06)

Sec. 22-93. - Statutory provisions.
The provisions contained herein shall not be construed to apply to a person carrying a concealed weapon lawfully or pursuant to and in compliance with S.C. Code 1976, ?? 23-31-110 and 23-31-140, as amended.
(Ord. No. 43-2005/06, 5-4-06)

Sec. 22-94. - Penalty.
Any person violating the provisions of this ordinance shall be fined not more than $500.00 or sentenced to not more than 30 days in jail or both.
(Ord. No. 43-2005/06, 5-4-06)


Folly Beach

? 131.03 BLACKJACKS AND BILLIES; POSSESSION AND SALES.
(A) It shall be unlawful to own, possess, carry, display, sell or offer for sale, exchange or give as a gift, any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, slugshot, billy, sand club, sandbag, metal knuckles or bludgeon.
(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed about his or her person any ice pick, razor, knife, dagger or stiletto, the blade of which exceeds three inches in length.
(C) Any weapon seized upon this section is subject to confiscation.
(`95 Code, ? 9-2-3) Penalty, see ? 10.99
Statutory reference:
Carrying certain concealed weapons, see S.C. Code ? 16-23-460

? 131.05 FIREARMS; DISCHARGE.
(A) No person shall fire any gun, pistol or other firearm within the city. This section shall not apply to the owners or guest of owners hunting on Black Island or Long Island with a shotgun as long as Long Island and Black Island exist in an undeveloped state.
(B) This section shall not apply to:
(1) A police or other law enforcement officials while in the exercise and discharge of their duties;
(2) Nor shall anything contained herein be construed to abrogate or abridge the right of defense of person and/or property; and
(3) The annual ?turkey shoot? fund raiser for the Folly Beach Fire Department, limited to shotguns and target shot, or any theatrical or like performance where the non-functioning weapons and blanks may be permitted, however, each such event shall be approved by the Director of Public Safety as to time, location and duration, for safety of participants, others in the city and property.
(`95 Code, ? 9-2-5) (Am. Ord. 88-19, passed 12-20-88; Am. Ord. 18-09, passed 9-22-09) Penalty, see ? 10.99

? 131.06 SLINGSHOTS, GUNS AND THE LIKE; SHOOTING PROHIBITED.
No person shall shoot any slingshot, spring, air- or gas-operated gun which shoots slugs, pellets, bullets, stones or other missiles within the city.
(`95 Code, ? 9-2-6) Penalty, see ? 10.99


Fort Mill

Sec. 24-31. Firearms, air rifles, toy guns, balls and dangerous sports.
The discharging of firearms within the town, the discharging or shooting of air rifles and toy guns, the throwing of balls or engaging in any like dangerous sport on any of the streets or public squares is prohibited.
(Code 1984, ? 9-2-6)

Sec. 24-32. Carrying a concealed weapon.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to carry within the corporate limits of the town, any dirk, dagger, metal knucks, razor or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury concealed about his person, and, upon conviction thereof, any such person shall be punished as provided in section 1-6, and shall forfeit to the municipality any such pistol, dirk, dagger, metal knucks, or other deadly weapon.
(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to apply to peace officers, while in the actual discharge of their duties as such officers, or to persons carrying concealed weapons while upon their own premises.
(Code 1984, ? 9-2-7)

Sec. 24-33. Carrying pistols.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to carry about the person, whether concealed or not, any pistol, except as follows:
(1) Marshals, sheriffs, police officers, or other law enforcement officers, or peace officers of the federal government, states, or other municipality when they are carrying out official duties while in this town.
(2) Members of the armed forces of the United States or of the National Guard, organized reserves or the state militia when on duty.
(3) Members of organizations authorized by law to purchase or receive firearms from the United States or this state, or regularly enrolled members of clubs organized for the purpose of target shooting or collecting modern and antique firearms while such members are at or going to or from their places of target practice or their shows and exhibits.
(4) Licensed hunters or fishermen while engaged in hunting or fishing and going to and from their places of hunting and fishing.
(5) Any person regularly engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, repossession of or dealing in firearms, or the agent or representative of such person while possessing, using or carrying a pistol in the usual or ordinary course of such business.
(6) Guards of common carriers, banks and other financial institutions while engaged in that capacity and guards engaged in protection of property of the United States or any agency thereof.
(7) Any authorized military or civil organizations while parading or the members thereof when going to and from the places of meeting of their respective organizations.
(8) Any person in his home, or upon his real property, or fixed place of business.
(9) Any person in any vehicle where the pistol is secured in a closed glove compartment or closed trunk.
(10) Any person carrying a pistol unloaded and in a secure wrapper from the place of purchase to his home or fixed place of business or while in the process of the changing or moving of one's place of business.
(11) Any prison guard while engaged in his official duties.
(12) Any night watchman while engaged in his duties as a night watchman.
(Code 1984, ? 9-2-8)

Sec. 8-3. Pistols; sale restricted.
No person shall sell, deliver, lease, rent, barter, exchange or transport for sale any pistol to any person unless and until he has inquired of and received a report in writing from the chief of police as to whether or not such person has been convicted of a crime of violence, is a fugitive from justice, an habitual drunkard, a drug addict, a mentally incompetent person, or is a member of a subversive organization, a minor or a person who has been adjudged unfit to carry or possess a weapon by a circuit or county court judge.
(Code 1984, ? 7-3-32)


Fountain Inn

Sec. 14-56. Carrying loaded gun.
It shall be unlawful to carry any loaded gun in the city.
(Code 1971, ? 15-30)
State law references: Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-410.

Sec. 14-57. Discharge of firearms.
It shall be unlawful for any person to fire or discharge any firearm within the city. Upon conviction therefor, such person shall be punished by fine or imprisonment. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to abridge the right of self-defense or to apply to theatricals or like performances.
(Ord. of 6-12-80(1))

Sec. 14-58. Carrying weapon.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about his person in the city, whether concealed or not, any dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other item used or intended to be used for the infliction of personal injury. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the municipal court from declaring any item a "weapon" for purposes of this section in reviewing all the facts and circumstances of any case brought before it.
(Code 1971, ? 15-33)

Sec. 14-59. Discharge of dangerous devices.
It shall be unlawful to fire or discharge, within the city limits, any air rifle, slingshot, bow and arrow or other device which is potentially harmful to any person or property. Any device used within the city in violation of this section is hereby declared to be contraband, and such device shall be seized by the police and sold or destroyed.
(Code 1971, ? 15-39)


Georgetown

Sec. 16-217. Carrying when concealed; forfeiture.
It shall be unlawful for any person, except a duly and lawfully appointed or elected peace officer, to carry concealed about their person any pistol, dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury, save and except upon his own premises. The weapon so carried concealed shall be forfeited to the city upon conviction of a violation of this section.
(Code 1964, ? 18-43)
State law references: Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Sec. 16-218. Discharge of guns, pistols, etc.
It shall be unlawful for any person to fire or discharge within the corporate limits of the city any gun, pistol, rifle, small arms, air gun, air pistol, pellet gun, target gun, signal gun, slingshot, bow and arrow, cross bow, rocket, explosive and any fireworks unless authorized in writing by the chief of police or other appropriate official as prescribed by section 7-7 of this Code.
(Code 1964, ? 18-44; Ord. of 6-18-87)

Sec. 16-219. Sawed-off shotguns and rifles.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about the person, other than a peace officer in the performance of duty, whether concealed or not, any sawed-off shotgun or rifle, both of which shall have the same meaning, in regard to barrel length, as "sawed-off shotgun" as defined in South Carolina Code 1976, section 23-31-310, and it shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell or offer for sale, lease, rent, barter, exchange or transport for sale into this city any such shotgun or rifle.

Sec. 16-220. Drawing in affray.
It shall be unlawful for any person to draw a knife, gun, pistol or any dangerous or deadly weapon in any affray or disturbance in the city or any time to threaten another with physical violence with such.

Sec. 16-231. Prohibition against possession of weapons.
(a) The public possession of firearms, associated ammunition, or any deadly weapon by any child under the age of eighteen (18) years within the corporate limits of the city is prohibited unless under the safe supervision and in the presence of a parent, guardian or the designee of a parent or guardian. As used in this subsection, the expression "deadly weapon" means a knife with a blade of over two (2) inches, brass knuckles, nunchucks, blackjacks, nightsticks, or any other instrument designed by a manufacturer to inflict physical injury or serve as a weapon and/or any instrument actually used to inflict or threaten to inflict physical injury. Nothing in the subsection shall be construed as prohibiting the safe transport of unloaded rifles or shotguns through the city by juveniles for the purpose of hunting, target shooting or attending organized firearms safety training activities.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person other than a parent or legal guardian to sell, barter, lend or give any minor under the age of eighteen (18) years any firearm, associated ammunition or any deadly weapon without the express consent of the child's parent or legal guardian.
(c) Any parent or legal guardian who knowingly furnishes a firearm to a child under the age of eighteen (18) years for possession or use within the city without having first instructed the child in the safe handling of same in accordance with standards published by the National Rifle Association or an equivalent program shall be guilty of an offense. The chief of police or his designee is hereby authorized to organize and conduct a qualified gun safety program and to establish a schedule of fees for participation in same.
(d) It is unlawful for any person to openly display or discharge any firearm or deadly weapon upon any street or public way of the city. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as prohibiting the safe transport of unloaded rifles or shotguns through the city for the purpose of hunting, target shooting or attending organized firearms safety training activities. Additionally, nothing contained herein shall be construed as prohibiting individuals from purchasing or maintaining firearms in private homes or businesses for personal protection as otherwise permitted by law.
(e) It is unlawful for any person to possess any firearm or deadly weapon upon any school grounds, within any park, playground or public building or public facility within the corporate limits of the city without first having obtained a permit from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division or the express permission of the police department.
(f) Any employee of a public body who has actual knowledge of the possession of a firearm or deadly weapon by any other person upon school grounds or within any park, playground, public building or public facility within the corporate limits of the city has an affirmative duty to report same to the police department. Any failure to report such known possession is unlawful.
(g) Any person found in violation of any of the prohibitions set out hereinabove shall be punished as set forth in section 1-16 of this Code. For the purposes of this section, each day during which the prohibited conduct occurs or continues shall be deemed as a separate offense.
(h) Nothing contained herein shall be read or construed as preventing law enforcement officials from, in proper circumstances, foregoing commencement of proceedings under this section when, in the judgment of those officials, it would be appropriate to institute proceedings under relevant state criminal law.
(Ord. of 3-17-94, ? I)


Georgetown County
Sec. 13.8-12. - Unlawful possession of a concealed weapon.
(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person, within Georgetown County, except a duly and lawfully elected or appointed law enforcement officer to carry concealed about their person any weapon, except upon his/her own premises.
(b)
Any individual found in possession of any pistol, dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapons usually used for the infliction of personal injury, except upon his/her own premises, shall immediately surrender the weapon to law enforcement officers and forfeit possession thereof.
(c)
The provisions of this section shall not be construed to apply to a person carrying a concealed weapon lawfully or pursuant to and in compliance with S.C. Code 1976, ?? 23-31-110 and 23-31-140, as amended.
(d)
Any person in violation of any provision of this section shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each offense, or sentenced to not more than thirty (30) days in jail, and forfeiture of the weapon.
(Ord. No. 2004-41, ?? 1?4, 6-22-04)

Sec. 6-3. - Public boat landing regulations.
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(d) Prohibited activities. In order to implement the legislative intent of the county council, based on the above findings of fact, the following activities are prohibited at all county boat landings:
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(6) Discharging of any firearm at any public boat landing.
(e)Penalty for violation. Any violation of this section shall be punishable in the magistrate courts of the county by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or imprisonment in the county jail for a term of up to thirty (30) days.
(Ord. No. 91-30, ?? 1?6, 9-10-91; Ord. No. 2004-52, 6-22-04)


Goose Creek[/n]

? 135.01 DISCHARGING OF FIREARMS AND DANGEROUS DEVICES; GENERALLY.
It shall be unlawful to fire or discharge any rifle, gun, pistol, air rifle, pellet gun or other device which may be potentially harmful to any person or property, with the exceptions stated in ? 135.02, or by special permit issued by the Chief of Police. Any device used within the city in violation of this section is hereby declared to be contraband, and the device shall be seized by the police and sold or destroyed.
(1985 Code, ? 14-100) (Ord. 89-07, passed 7-11-1989; Ord. 06-019, passed 8-24-2006) Penalty, see ? 10.99

? 135.02 CARRYING LOADED FIREARM.
It shall be unlawful to carry on one?s person, any loaded firearm, except for peace officers, in the performance of their duty, or persons acting in the defense of their lives or property.
(1985 Code, ? 14-101) Penalty, see ? 10.99

? 135.03 CARRYING WEAPONS.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about the person any dirk, metal knuckles, razor, pistol, hawkbill knife or any spring or clasp knife, which has a blade more than three inches in length, or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injuries. The weapon so carried shall be forfeited to the city upon conviction of a violation of this section.
(1985 Code, ? 14-102) Penalty, see ? 10.99
Statutory reference:
Concealed weapons, see S.C. Code ? 16-23-460

? 135.04 POINTING FIREARM AT ANY PERSON.
It shall be unlawful for any person to present or point at any other person, any loaded or unloaded firearm. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to abridge the right of self-defense or to apply to theatricals or like performances.
(1985 Code, ? 14-103) Penalty, see ? 10.99
Statutory reference:
Similar state law, see S.C. Code ? 16-23-410

? 135.05 DRAWING WEAPON IN AFFRAY.
It shall be unlawful for any person to draw a knife, gun, pistol or any dangerous or deadly weapon in any affray or disturbance in the city or at any time to threaten another with physical violence with such.
(1985 Code, ? 14-104) Penalty, see ? 10.99


Greenwood County

Sec. 11-3-1. - Unlawful acts on county property.
(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person to commit any of the following acts on any property owned by, leased to, or under the control of the county:
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(7)
Possessing any firearm, airgun, explosive or firework except by duly authorized law enforcement officers.


bHanahan

Sec. 26-26. - Firearms.
It shall be unlawful for any person to bring a loaded or unloaded firearm into any building, structure, recreation facility or any other property owned by the city, or onto any property owned by the city. Any person violating this section is subject to punishment by fine or imprisonment.
(1)
A firearm is considered the same as that which is delineated in S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-420.
(2)
Nothing in this section shall be construed as applying to:
a.
Duly constituted law enforcement officers; or
b.
Members of the National Guard or Armed Forces who are on active duty and are carrying firearms as a part of, and in the course of, their duty assignments.
(3)
The bringing of firearms onto the city property or into city buildings may be permitted if the use thereof is for theatrical, ceremonial or athletic events, and prior permission of the city administrator is secured.
(4)
The penalty for each violation shall be not more than a $500.00 fine or 30 days imprisonment.
(Code 1983, ? 9-2-1; Ord. of 9-9-1980; Ord. of 4-12-1983; Ord. of 1-10-1984; Ord. of 10-8-1996)

Sec. 26-27. - Concealed weapons; carrying weapons.
(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed about his person any dirk, metal knuckles, razor, ice pick, hawkbill knife or any spring or clasp knife, which has a blade more than three inches in length, or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injuries.
(b)
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about the person, whether concealed or not, any dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury. This section shall not apply to peace officers while in the discharge of their duties.
(Code 1983, ?? 9-2-2, 9-2-3)


Hardeeville[/b

Sec. 13-116. - Pointing firearms at any person.
It shall be unlawful for any person to present or point at any other person any loaded or unloaded firearm and, upon conviction therefor, any such person shall be punished by fine or imprisonment in the discretion of the court. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to abridge the right of self-defense or to apply to theatrical or like performances.
(Code 1976, ? 11.702)
State law reference? Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-410.

Sec. 13-117. - Concealed weapons.
(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly conceal about his person or in any vehicle in which he is a passenger or is operating any dirk, dagger, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapon usually criminally used for the infliction of personal injury, within the city, and, in addition to being subject to punishment under section 1-13 of this Code, such person shall forfeit the weapon to the city, as provided in the South Carolina Code of Laws 1976, section 16-23-460.
(b)
Nothing herein shall be construed to apply to persons carrying concealed weapons on their own premises or police or peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties.
(Code 1976, ? 11.402)
State law reference? Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Sec. 13-118. - Carrying of weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about the person, whether concealed or not, any dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury or injuries. This section shall not apply to peace officers while in the discharge of their duties.
(Code 1976, ? 11.403)

Sec. 13-119. - Discharge of firearms inside city prohibited.
No person, except in the case of urgent necessity, shall discharge or cause to be discharged any firearm within the city. Any firearm so discharged by any minor or disorderly person may at the discretion of the municipal judge, be forfeited to the city. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to apply to the discharge of firearms in the case of urgent necessity, a shooting gallery if it is operated under written permission of the chief of police, theatrical or like performances, military or similar displays, to abridge the right of self-defense, to prohibit or restrain any police duty or any other duly enjoined by law or the shooting of any rabid dog or dangerous animal.
(a)
Exceptions. Discharge of firearms while hunting is allowed in areas which are:
(1)
Zoned as forest/agricultural land (FA) or conservation/preservation (CP) and/or classified by the county assessor of the county in which the land is located as agricultural or timberland land or forest preserve;
(2)
With the permission of the landowner;
(3)
Which is a minimum of twenty (20) contiguous acres or more in size; and
(4)
The hunting activity is done in accordance with the Code of Laws of South Carolina and the administrative rules and regulations for discharge of firearms and hunting adopted by the state department of natural resources.
(Ord. No. 2008-11-20A, ?? 1, 2, 12-4-08)
State law reference? Discharging firearms at or into dwellings, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-440.

Sec. 13-120. - Discharge of dangerous devices.
It shall be unlawful to fire or discharge any air rifle, sling shot or other device which may be potentially harmful to any persons or property.]


Hartsville

Sec. 58-1. Public disorderly conduct.
Any person shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor if the person shall:
(3) While under the influence or feigning to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor, without just cause or excuse, discharge any gun, pistol, or other firearm while upon or within 50 yards of any public road or highway, except upon his own premises.

Sec. 58-5. Firearms--Discharging.
It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot or discharge any firearm within the city.


Hilton Head Island

Sec. 17-5-111. - Discharge of firearms prohibited except as noted.
It shall be unlawful to discharge firearms within the town except as hereinafter provided:
(1)
Police officers and certified private security officers, operating in the line of duty, who are authorized to carry firearms;
(2)
In areas approved by the town manager as practice ranges or for sport shooting; and
(3)
For hunting small game, namely, squirrel, rabbit, dove and quail, using shotguns with shot only.
(Ord. No. 85-10, ? 1, 5-20-85)


Hollywood

Sec. 38-61. Careless brandishing or discharge of firearm.
It is unlawful to carelessly or negligently discharge a firearm, or publicly brandish a firearm, in the town.

Sec. 38-63. Disorderly conduct.
Any person who shall:
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(3) While under the influence or feigning to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor, without just cause or excuse, discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm while upon or within 50 yards of any public road or highway, except upon his own premises;
shall be deemed guilty and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $100.00 or be imprisoned for not more than 30 days.


Horry County

ARTICLE IV. - MYRTLE BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RULES AND REGULATIONS
Sec. 3-153. - Firearms, weapons and explosives.
No one, except duly authorized law enforcement officers or members of the United States government on official business shall carry any firearm, weapon or explosive on the airport without the written permission of the director. Failure of unauthorized persons to turn over firearms, weapons or explosives to a county police officer shall result in arrest and prosecution.
(Ord. No. 40-99, ? 1, 4-6-99)


Irmo

Sec. 22-103. - Concealed weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed about his person any pistol, dirk, metal knuckles, razor, ice pick, hawkbill knife or any spring or clasp knife, which has a blade more than three inches in length, or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injuries.
(Code 1985, ? 15-403)
State law reference? Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Sec. 22-104. - Discharge of firearms.
It shall be unlawful to fire or discharge any firearm, air rifle, slingshot, or other device within the town which may be potentially harmful to persons or property except police officers, members of the U. S. Armed Forces, Reserve or National Guard while performing their official duties or except in the Fringe Agricultural district (FA).
(Code 1985, ? 15-404; Ord. No. 06-24, 12-5-2006)


Isle of Palms

Sec. 9-2-2. Discharge of firearms.
It shall be unlawful for any person to publicly brandish a firearm, or to negligently or carelessly discharge any firearm within the City, except law enforcement officers in the exercise of their duties or authorized participants in a parade or ceremony.
(Code 1994, ? 9-2-2; Ord. No. 1994-4, ? 50, 4-26-1994)


Kingtree

? 132.02 POINTING PISTOL OR GUN AT ANY PERSON.
It shall be unlawful for any person to point at any other person any loaded or unloaded firearm. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to abridge the right of self-defense or to apply to theatrical or like performances or to peace officers in the discharge of their duties.
('86 Code, ? 14.702) Penalty, see ? 130.99
Cross-reference:
Weapons offenses, see Chapter 136
Statutory reference:
Similar state law, see S.C. Code ? 16-23-410

? 136.01 DISCHARGING FIREARMS.
It shall be unlawful, within the corporate limits, to fire or discharge any pistol, gun, air rifle, sling shot, or other device which may be potentially harmful to any person or property. Violations of this section shall be cause for the Police Department to destroy and render the rifle/handgun useless and to pursue the case in Municipal Court.
('86 Code, ? 14.401) Penalty, see ? 130.99
Statutory reference:
S.C. Code ? 16-23-410

? 136.02 CONCEALED WEAPONS.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed about his person any pistol, dirk, metal knuckles, razor, ice pick, hawkbill knife or any spring or clasp knife, which has a blade more than three inches in length, or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injuries.
('86 Code, ? 14.402) Penalty, see ? 130.99
Statutory reference:
Similar state law, see S.C. Code ? 16-23-460

? 136.03 CARRYING WEAPONS.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about his person, whether concealed or not, any dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury or injuries. This section shall not apply to peace officers while in the discharge of their duties.
('86 Code, ? 14.403) Penalty, see ? 130.99


Lancaster
Sec. 15-22. Carrying concealed weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry any weapon commonly used for inflicting body punishment concealed about the person or vehicle in which he is traveling within the city.
In addition to the penalties provided in section 1-7 of the City Code, the weapon involved in the violation of this section must be confiscated. The chief of police shall dispose of the weapon in the manner provided by law.
(Ord. No. 99-06, 5-11-99; Ord. No. O02-44, 12-10-02)
State law references: Assault with concealed weapon, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-3-610; carrying concealed weapons, generally, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460; unlawful carrying of pistol, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-20.

Sec. 15-23. Discharging firearms.
It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot off or discharge any gun, or other firearm within the city. Nothing in this section shall apply to:
(a) A law enforcement officer lawfully discharging his duty or to law enforcement related activities and/or training that may be conducted within the confines of a law enforcement pistol range or other training facility; provided that, any such activities shall be approved by the chief of police or county sheriff or their designees.
(b) A military salute rendered by a component of the United States Armed Forces, a veteran's organization, or a ROTC unit.
(c) A sporting event, where the firing of blank ammunition in a starter's pistol signals the beginning of the event.
(Ord. No. 99-06, 5-11-99; Ord. No. O02-41, 11-26-02)
State law references: Discharging firearm at or into dwellings or occupied structures, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-440; discharging firearm while upon or within fifty yards of highway, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-17-530.


Lancaster County

Section 4.2.11. - Turkey shoots.
1.
No firing point may be located less than 200 feet in any direction from any property line.
2.
The minimum distance from any firing point, measured in the direction of fire to the nearest property line, may not be less than 300 feel or 300 yards from a dwelling, school, church, or other occupied building, park or recreation area or any other type of public gathering place, whichever is greater. A turkey shoot, operated by a recognized gun club, meeting the standards as recommended by the National Rifle Association or an equally recognized firearms safety authority for the type of caliber of firearms being fired, are exempt from the above requirements.
3.
The property where the turkey shoot is located must be fenced, posted or otherwise restricted so that access to the site is controlled to insure the safety of contestants, spectators and the public at large.
4.
Operating hours for turkey shoots located within or immediately adjacent to residentially zoned areas is restricted to the hours of between 12:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
5.
A special event on Thanksgiving Thursday and Sunday shall be allowed from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
6.
A permit for a turkey shoot will be valid only for the months of October, November and December of the year in which it is issued.
7.
The equivalent of two off-street parking spaces per firing point must be provided. Use should be oriented away from inhabited areas.
8.
The site should have sufficient pellet restraints placed behind each target.
9.
The site should be suitable in size.
(Ord. No. 470, 11-26-01)

Sec. 12-66. - Loitering; firearms.
No person shall loiter or discharge any firearm at or near a county trash container site.


Manning

Sec. 42-4. Discharging firearms prohibited.
(a) Discharging firearms generally; forfeiture of weapons in certain cases. No person, except in cases of urgent necessity, shall discharge or cause to be discharged any firearm in the city. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to apply to the discharge of firearms in a shooting gallery or range or pursuant to the written permission of the mayor or city administrator or to theatrical or like performances or military or similar displays.
(b) Discharging slingshots and spring guns. No person shall shoot any slingshot, spring gun or other device which shoots slugs, bullets, stone or other missiles within the city.
(Ord. No. 1999-08, ?? 1, 2, 10-18-99)


McCormick County

Sec. 26-27. - Criteria.
The permitted level of noise on the property, boat, vehicle or any noise-producing instrument or source, including animals from which the noise is being emitted, shall not exceed 100 "decibels" (dbA) measured at the outside perimeter limits of said property or noise source. The property owner or responsible person(s) in control of the sound level shall be responsible for monitoring the noise level with a sound level meter approved by the county.
(Ord. No. 00-09, ? II, 9-18-01)

Sec. 26-28. - Exempt sounds.
...
(f)
Sounds from firearms, when used legally for hunting or target practice are exempt.
(Ord. No. 00-09, ? III, 9-18-01)
 
Moncks Corner

Sec. 20-141. Carrying or discharging firearms.
It shall be unlawful to carry on one's person any loaded firearm within the town limits, or to discharge any firearm therein, except for peace officers in the performance of their duty, or persons acting in defense of their lives or property.
(Ord. No. 1984-6, ? 10-79, 8-21-84)

Sec. 20-142. Pointing firearm at any person.
It shall be unlawful for any person to present or point at any other person any loaded or unloaded firearm within the town, and upon conviction therefor, any such person shall be punished by fine or imprisonment. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to abridge the right of self-defense or to apply to theatricals or like performances.
(Ord. No. 1984-6, ? 10-80, 8-21-84)

Sec. 20-143. Carrying weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry on or about his person, whether concealed or not concealed, any dirk, metal knuckles, razor, handgun, hawkbill knife or any spring or clasp knife, which has a blade more than three inches in length, or any other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury. The weapon so carried shall be forfeited to the town upon conviction of a violation of this section.
(Ord. No. 1984-6, ? 10-81, 8-21-84; Ord. No. 1994-13, ? 1, 10-18-94)

Sec. 20-144. Drawing weapons in affray.
It shall be unlawful for any person to draw a knife, gun, pistol or any dangerous or deadly weapon in any affray or disturbance in the town or at any time to threaten another with physical violence with such weapon.
(Ord. No. 1984-6, ? 10-82, 8-21-84)

Sec. 20-145. Discharging of firearms and dangerous devices.
It shall be unlawful to fire or discharge, within the town limits, any rifle, gun, pistol, air rifle, pellet gun, or other device which may be potentially harmful to any person or property. Any device used within the town in violation of this section is hereby declared to be contraband, and such device shall be seized by the police and sold or destroyed.
(Ord. No. 1984-6, ? 10-85, 8-21-84)


Myrtle Beach

Sec. 14-101. - Discharge of firearms, slingshots or air rifles prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge or cause to be discharged any firearm of any kind or nature or any air rifle or slingshot at any place within the city.
(Code 1980, ? 9-3-1)

Sec. 14-102. - Carrying of certain weapons prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person in the city to carry, either concealed or not, any pistol, dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razors, numchucks or other deadly weapons used for the infliction of injury to person or property. Upon conviction thereof, besides that penalty as may be imposed by the court, he shall forfeit the weapon to the city.
(Code 1980, ? 9-3-4)


Mt. Pleasant

? 132.20 CONCEALED WEAPONS.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed, on his or her person, within the municipality, except on his or her own premises, any razor, knuckles, dirk, slingshot, or any other weapon or instrument commonly used for the infliction of personal injury other than firearms, provided, that this section shall not apply to law enforcement officers in the discharge of their duties as such officers.
('81 Code, ? 134.01) (Am. Ord. 10060, passed 11-9-10) Penalty, see ? 130.99
Statutory reference:
Assault with concealed weapon, see S.C. Code ? 16-3-610
Firearm provisions, see S.C. Code ?? 16-23-410 through 16-23-470

? 132.21 DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS.
(A) It shall be unlawful within the municipality, subject to the exception stated in division (B) of this section, to discharge firearms, air rifles, slingshots, and other weapons or instruments which discharge projectiles, except in the lawful defense of person or property, and except in the performance of a lawful duty, provided, that this section shall not apply to the use of blank ammunition at athletic events, military funerals, and other functions at which the use of blank ammunition is appropriate, nor shall it apply to the use of ball ammunition or arrows on authorized target ranges when such activity is conducted under competent supervision.
(B) Be if further provided, however, that the discharge of firearms shall be allowed on areas of undeveloped land of 300 acres or more in size, either as a single parcel or multiple contiguous parcels, regardless of ownership, for the purposes of target shooting or legitimate hunting activities which comply with state and federal regulations.
('81 Code, ? 134.02) (Ord. 97024, passed 4-8-97) Penalty, see ? 130.99


Newberry

Sec. 11-11. Weapons--Carrying concealed; forfeiture.
Any person carrying a dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor, hawkbilled knife, blackjack or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury concealed about the person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof before the municipal court, shall, in addition to the punishment, forfeit to the city the weapon so carried concealed. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply to persons carrying concealed weapons upon their own premises or to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties as such.
(Code 1979, ? 15-49)
State law references: Offenses involving weapons, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-10 et seq.

Sec. 11-12. Same--Discharge of firearms.
It shall be unlawful for anyone at any time to fire a gun, pistol, cannon, rifle or any species of firearm. This section shall not apply to law enforcement officers in the course of their duties; nor shall it apply to anyone in the legal protection of such person's property; nor shall it apply to any indoor target range; nor shall it apply to any other activity wherein such firing is authorized by legal authority.
(Code 1979, ? 15-50)


Newberry County

? 130.02 DISCHARGING A FIREARM UNDER THE INFLUENCE.
(A) For the purpose of this section, the following definition shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
USE OF A FIREARM. To discharge a firearm.
(B) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance to use a firearm in this county.
(C) This section does not apply to persons lawfully defending themselves or their property.
(D) This section establishes breath and blood testing procedures and admissibility requirements of the tests by adopting S.C. Code ? 23-31-410, as amended, into this section for that purpose.
(E) This section establishes its presumptions of intoxication by adopting S.C. Code ? 23-31-420, as amended, into this section for that purpose.
(Ord. 232, passed 9-9-2000) Penalty, see ? 130.99
Statutory reference:
As to discharging a firearm under the influence, see S.C. Code ? 23-31-400, as amended
Breath/blood testing, see S.C. Code ? 23-31-410, as amended
Presumptions, see S.C. Code ? 23-31-420, as amended

? 130.07 CARRYING OF CONCEALED WEAPONS PROHIBITED.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to carry a deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury concealed about his or her person. Nothing herein contained may be construed to apply to persons carrying concealed weapons upon their own premises or pursuant to and in compliance with S.C. Code ?? 23-31-205 et seq., or peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties. The provisions of this section do not apply to rifles, shotguns, dirks, slingshots, metal knuckles, or razors unless they are used with the intent to commit a crime or in furtherance of a crime.
(Ord. 222, passed 10-13-1999) Penalty, see ? 130.99
? 130.08 UNLAWFUL CARRYING OF PISTOLS PROHIBITED.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to carry about their person any pistol, whether concealed or not, except as permitted by S.C. Code ? 16-23-20, as amended, or other provision of state or federal law.
(Ord. 221, passed 10-13-1999) Penalty, see ? 130.99


The rest of the ordinances can be seen on page 2 of this thread, here:

http://www.palmettoshootersforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=2816&p=17071#p17071
 

thebrasilian

New Member
So technically, it's illegal for me to shoot squirrels out of my backyard in Irmo when they start chewing on my house? That's messed up. One year I shot 36 and I only have about .35 acres. Oh, I use a pellet gun.
 
thebrasilian said:
So technically, it's illegal for me to shoot squirrels out of my backyard in Irmo when they start chewing on my house? That's messed up. One year I shot 36 and I only have about .35 acres. Oh, I use a pellet gun.
If you're in Irmo city limits, then yes.

My guess is that law enforcement likes to use common sense with some of these local ordinances , instead of looking at them as black and white. If your not hurting anyone and arn't using a firearm that takes advantage of an explosive powered based propellant, within the city limits, then I'm sure LEOs couldn't care less. Be careful though, these are real laws, and you can be charged with breaking them.
 

Bob Ouellette

New Member
thebrasilian said:
So technically, it's illegal for me to shoot squirrels out of my backyard in Irmo when they start chewing on my house? That's messed up. One year I shot 36 and I only have about .35 acres. Oh, I use a pellet gun.
I heard a Judge in Charleston say something about it only being illegal if we caught when we do bad things (including herself in that as well). :lol:
 
North Charleston

Sec. 13-151. - Not to be carried concealed on person.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed, upon his person, within the city, except on his own premises, any firearm, razor, knuckles, dirk, slingshot, or any other weapon or instrument commonly used for the infliction of personal injury; provided, that this section shall not apply to law enforcement officers in the discharge of their duties as such officers.
State law reference? Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Sec. 13-152. - Discharge prohibited; exceptions.
(a)
Other than as specified in subsection (b) herein, it shall be unlawful within the city to discharge firearms, air rifles, slingshots, and other weapons or instruments that discharge projectiles.
(b)
Provided, that this section shall not apply to:
(1)
The use of blank ammunition at athletic events, military funerals and other functions at which the use of blank ammunition is appropriate;
(2)
The discharge of weapons in the lawful defense of person or property;
(3)
The discharge of weapons in the performance of lawful duty;
(4)
The use of ammunition or arrows on authorized target ranges when such activity is conducted under competent supervision;
(5)
The discharge of firearms ammunition or arrows on tracts larger than one thousand (1,000) acres provided that such discharge of ammunition is not done in a negligent manner and all state and federal laws are adhered to;
(6)
Turkey shoots for which a permit has been issued by the chief of police. The chief of police may issue a permit, if in the exercise of his professional discretion he determines that the turkey shoot can be conducted without substantial danger to persons or property, after a consideration of the following criteria:
a.
Proximity of the proposed site to residential and commercial areas.
b.
Proximity of the proposed site to schools and recreation areas.
c.
The layout of the proposed site.
d.
Adequate off-street parking.
Any permit issued shall be conditioned upon the provision of a bond or certificate of insurance in the minimum amount of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) for payment of all damages which may be caused to persons or property by reason of the turkey shoot, and arising from any acts of the permittee, his agents, or persons participating in the shoot. No alcoholic beverages are to be sold or consumed on the site of the turkey shoot. The cost of the permit shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
(Ord. No. 1986-60, 11-6-86; Ord. No. 2005-45, 8-11-05)


North Myrtle Beach

Sec. 16-47. - Weapons?Discharge of firearms, slingshots, air rifles, explosives, etc.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge or cause to be discharged any firearms of any nature, any air rifle, slingshot or explosives at any place.
(Code 1970, ? 19-62)
State law reference? Regulation of firearms, S.C. Code 1976, ? 23-31-10 et seq.; offenses involving weapons, ? 16-23-10 et seq.

Sec. 16-49. - Same?Carrying concealed or unconcealed weapon.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry, either concealed or not, any pistol, dirk, slingshot, metal buckler, razor or other deadly weapon used for the infliction of injury to the person or property. Upon conviction thereof besides such penalty as may be imposed by the court, the defendant shall forfeit the weapon to the city.
(Code 1970, ? 19-64)

Sec. 16-33. - Adultery or fornication.
It shall be unlawful for any person to commit adultery or fornication in the city.
(Code 1970, ? 19-1)
State law reference? Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-15-60 et seq.

Sec. 16-27. - Transmitting obscene messages.
It shall be unlawful for any person in the city to write, print, telephone or by any other manner or means to communicate, send or deliver to any person any obscene, profane, indecent, vulgar, suggestive or immoral message.
(Code 1970, ? 19-39)
State law reference? Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-15-250.


Oconee County

Sec. 12-33. - Enumeration of specific nuisances.
The following acts, among others, are declared to be nuisances in violation of this article, but such enumerations shall not be exclusive:
...
Firearms. The shooting of firearms which substantially interferes with the comfortable enjoyment of private homes by persons of ordinary sensibilities in the immediate vicinity thereof.
...
(Ord. No. 1998-02, ? 3, 4-28-1998; Ord. No. 2009-28, ? 1, 2-3-2010)

Sec. 12-34. - Exceptions.
(a)
This article does not apply to noise emanating from industrial and manufacturing operations, governmental activities, airports and aircraft, railways, emergency signal devices, firearms discharges as a result of lawful game hunting, agricultural activities, parades, carnivals, school band practice or performances, and school or government sponsored athletic events.
...
(Ord. No. 1998-02, ? 4, 4-28-1998; Ord. No. 2009-28, ? 2, 2-3-2010)

Sec. 22-115. - Prohibited acts.
It shall be unlawful for any person to commit any of the following acts at or in any Hartwell Lake Recreation Area or any public park, recreation area or facility under the jurisdiction of the county:
...
(5)
Possessing any firearm, airgun, explosive or firework except by duly authorized park personnel, law enforcement officers or persons using areas specifically designated by the director of the parks and recreation department and or the Corps for use of firearms, airguns, fireworks or explosives.
...
(Ord. No. 2002-15, ? III, 12-17-2002; Ord. No. 2004-11, 5-4-2004)


Orangeburg County

Sec. 28-3. - Rules and regulations for operation and use of Indian Bluff Recreation Area.
...
(b) Restrictions. The following restrictions shall apply to the use of the Indian Bluff Recreation Area:
...
(10) No firearms, ammunition, or fireworks.
...
(Code 1983, ? 11-70)


Pawleys Island

Sec. 16-2. - Discharge of firearms.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carelessly or negligently fire or discharge within the corporate limits of the town any gun, pistol, rifle, small arms, air gun, air pistol, pellet gun, target gun, or hand guns.
(Ord. No. 94-1, ?? 1, 2, 1-10-1994; Ord. No. 2003-14, 6-9-2003)

Sec. 16-3. - Carrying a concealed weapon.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry a deadly weapon, including, but not limited to, dirks, slingshots, metal knuckles, razors or any other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury concealed about his person. A person who violates the provisions of this subsection must forfeit to the town the concealed weapon, and must be fined not more than $500.00 or imprisoned not more than 30 days, or both. Nothing herein contained may be construed to apply to:
(1)
Persons carrying concealed weapons upon their own premises or pursuant to and in compliance with Article 4 of Chapter 31 of Title 23; or
(2)
Peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties.
(Ord. No. 2003-09, 5-12-2003)


Port Royal

Sec. 15-10. Weapons; fireworks and other explosives--Discharging prohibited; exceptions.
(a) It shall be unlawful to discharge any firearm, air gun, or spring loaded gun, slingshot, fireworks (with the exception of sparklers), any device firing a projectile or rocket, or other explosive within the town; provided, that this section shall not be construed to prohibit any officer of the law from discharging a firearm in the performance of such officer's duty, nor any citizen from discharging a firearm when lawfully defending such citizen's person.
(b) The council may permit the use of fireworks at public celebrations, national holiday periods and other specific occasions when deemed proper and expedient.
(Code 1980, ? 13-10)
State law references: Discharging firearms near public buildings, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-420; fireworks, ? 23-35-10 et seq.
(Ord. No. 2003-09, 5-12-2003)

Sec. 15-12. Same--Carrying weapons concealed.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry, concealed on or about the person, within the town, except on one's own premises, any pistol, razor, knuckles, dirk, slingshot or any other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury.
(Code 1980, ? 13-12; Ord. No. 95-9, 6-14-95)
State law references: Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.

Sec. 15-13. Same--Forfeiture of weapons.
Upon conviction of violating the provisions of section 15-10 or section 15-12, any weapon or lethal object used in violation thereof shall be confiscated and shall be ordered forfeited by the court.
(Code 1980, ? 13-13; Ord. No. 95-9, 6-14-95)
State law references: Authority of mayor to sell confiscated weapons, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-500.


Prosperity

? 130.020 POINTING PISTOL OR GUN AT ANY PERSON.
It shall be unlawful for any person to present or point at any other person any loaded or unloaded firearm and, upon conviction therefor, any such person shall be punished by fine or imprisonment. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to abridge the right of self-defense or to apply to theatricals or like performances.
(1982 Code, Ch. 10, Art. IV, ? 4-1) Penalty, see ? 130.999

? 130.021 DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS.
It shall be unlawful at any time to fire a gun, pistol, cannon, rifle or any species of firearm in the town, except in regular military training.
(1982 Code, Ch. 10, Art. IV, ? 4-2) Penalty, see ? 130.999

? 130.022 WEAPONS; CARRYING CONCEALED; FORFEITURE.
Any person carrying a dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor, hawkbilled knife, blackjack or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury concealed about his or her person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof before the Municipal Court, shall forfeit to the town the weapon so carried concealed and be fined in the sum of not more than $500 and/or imprisoned not more than 30 days, in the discretion of the court. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply to persons carrying concealed weapons upon their own premises or to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties as such, except as authorized by state law.
(1982 Code, Ch. 10, Art. IV, ? 4-3) Penalty, see ? 130.999

? 130.023 CARRYING WEAPONS.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about the person in the town, whether concealed or not, unless a valid permit is possessed, any pistols; also, it shall be unlawful for any person to carry about his or her person in the town, any dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury or injuries. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, except as authorized by state law.
(1982 Code, Ch. 10, Art. IV, ? 4-4) Penalty, see ? 130.999


Richland County

Sec. 18-1. Discharge of firearms in certain areas unlawful.
(a) Within two hundred yards of the property boundaries of any school. It shall be unlawful for any person in the unincorporated area of the county to discharge any rifle, gun, pistol, revolver, or other similar instrument from or by means of which any bullet, shot, or other missile of any kind may be projected within two hundred (200) yards of the property boundaries of any school. This subsection shall not apply to the lawful defense of life or property.
(b) Within two hundred yards of the property boundaries of any dwelling or business. It shall be unlawful for any person in the unincorporated area of the county to discharge any rifle, gun, pistol, revolver, or other similar instrument from or by means of which any bullet, shot, or other missile of any kind may be projected within three hundred (300) yards of any building used as a dwelling or business, or within the boundaries of any subdivision or within three hundred (300) yards of any subdivision, as that term is defined in Sec. 26-22 of this Code. This subsection shall not apply to a peace officer or member of the armed forces of the United States or any authorized gun club, or in the lawful defense of life or property. This subsection also shall not apply to hunting or other lawful use of firearms by persons while upon their own property, nor shall this subsection apply to persons hunting or otherwise lawfully discharging firearms on another person?s property with the landowner?s express permission.
(c) Penalty. Any person convicted of violating this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of ? 1-8 of this code.
(Code 1976, ? 11-1001; Ord. No. 619-79, ?? 1, 2, 11-28-79; Ord. No. 075-01HR, ? I-III, 11-6-01; Ord. No. 001-10HR, ? I, 1-5-10)
State law reference(s)--Discharging firearms at or into dwellings, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-440.


Rock Hill

Sec. 20-2. - Shooting galleries.
No shooting gallery shall be operated within the city unless the structure of the building housing the shooting gallery shall have been approved for safety by the chief of police or the building inspector.
(Code 1981, ? 21-5)

Sec. 20-191. - Discharging firearms or air rifles; engaging in dangerous sports.
The discharging of firearms within the city, the discharging of air rifles within the city, and engaging in any dangerous sport on any of the streets or public squares within the city is prohibited.
(Code 1981, ? 21-116)

Sec. 20-192. - Carrying weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about his person, whether concealed or not, any pistol except as provided by state law, or any dirk, dagger, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury. This section shall not apply to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties, or to the carrying or keeping of pistols by persons while on their own premises. Any weapons carried in violation of this section shall be forfeited to the city upon conviction of a person of a violation of this section.
(Code 1981, ? 21-117)
State law reference? Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.


Seabrook Island

Sec. 18-23. - Discharging firearms.
(a)
Firearms defined.
(1)
For purposes of this article, the term "firearms" includes:
a.
Any pistol as defined in S.C. Code 1976, ? 23-31-110; and
b.
Any machine gun, sawed-off shotgun, shotgun, sawed-off rifle, rifle or antique firearm as defined in S.C. Code 1976, ? 23-31-310.
(2)
For purposes of this article, the term "firearms" does not include:
a.
BB guns; and
b.
Air rifles.
(b)
Prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to negligently or carelessly discharge or fire any firearm or crossbow within the town's jurisdiction. Any intentional discharge is prohibited subject to the exceptions set forth in subsection (c) of this section.
(c)
Exceptions. Exceptions to the prohibition contained in subsection (b) of this section may be granted by resolution of the town council. The following are examples of situations warranting exception:
(1)
A controlled hunt to thin the town's deer population as part of a wildlife management program.
(2)
Any peace officer of the state, county or municipality, in the performance of his office or duty.
(3)
Any security officer employed by a property owners' association or development within the town, in the performance of his office or duty.
(4)
A landowner intentionally discharging a firearm or crossbow on the landowner's property to protect the landowner's family, employees, the general public, or the landowner's property from animals that the landowner reasonably believes poses a direct threat or danger to the landowner's property, people on the landowner's property, or the general public. For purposes of this subsection, the landowner's property must be a parcel of land comprised of at least 25 contiguous acres.
(Code 2004, ? 9.2.10; Ord. No. 1989-10, 12-14-1989)


South Congaree

? 130.15 DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS PROHIBITED.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge or fire any firearm of any caliber or description, including pellet guns, within the incorporated limits of the Town of South Congaree, except as hereinafter provided.
(1985 Code, ? 26-172) Penalty, see ? 130.99

? 130.17 WEAPONS PROHIBITED.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about the person whether concealed or not, a pistol (except as allowed by S.C. Code ? 16-23-20, carrying of pistol), dirk, metal knuckles, razor, ice pick, hawk bill knife or any spring or clasp knife, which has a blade more than three (3) inches in length, or other weapons usually used for the infliction of personal injury or injuries.
(1985 Code, ? 26-333) Penalty, see ? 130.99

? 130.99 PENALTY.
(A) Generally. Any person violating any provision of this chapter for which no specific penalty is prescribed shall be subject to ? 10.99.
(B) Failure to obey a police command. Violation of ? 130.01 shall be deemed as a misdemeanor and the penalty which is provided in ? 10.99 shall apply.
(1985 Code, Ch. 26, Art. V, Div. 8)
(B) Firearms. Any person violating the provisions of ?? 130.15 and 130.16 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished in the discretion of the municipal court by imprisonment not to exceed 30 days or shall be fined the maximum amount able to impose by S.C. Code ? 14-25-65 without indictment by grand jury.
(1985 Code, ? 26-174)
(C) Weapons. Any person convicted of violating ? 130.17 shall be punished by the maximum fine able to impose by S.C. Code ? 14-25.65 without indictment by grand jury or be imprisoned for a term of not more than 30 days.
(1985 Code, ? 26-333)


Spartanburg

Sec. 13-116. - Air guns, slingshots, etc.
(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person to fire or shoot any air gun, air pistol or other like gun or pistol by any other name whatsoever called, or to shoot or use any slingshot weapon or any other weapon of like kind, the shooting of which may cause damage or accident to any person or property, upon any of the streets, lanes or public places of the city or within one hundred (100) yards of such streets, lanes or public places. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(b)
The director of public safety may give written permission for the holding of target practice or other public shooting of firearms at such specified times and under such circumstances as will ensure that no damage, injury or accident to any person or property will result. The granting of such a permit shall place the full and complete responsibility upon such person or organization of taking all precautions necessary to prevent damage or injury to any person or property within the city.
(Code 1958, ? 24-71)

Sec. 13-117. - Carrying firearms into or near public gatherings prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry into or near any public gathering any loaded or unloaded firearm and, upon conviction thereof, any such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall forfeit such weapon to the city.
(Code 1958, ?? 24-72.1, 24-72.3)
State law reference? No. 125.

Sec. 13-118. - Presenting or pointing loaded or unloaded firearm at another person prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person to present or point at any other person any loaded or unloaded firearm and, upon conviction thereof, any such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall forfeit such weapon to the city. Provided, however, nothing contained in this section shall be construed to abridge the right of self defense or to apply to theaters or like professions.
(Code 1958, ?? 24-72.2, 24-72.3)
State law reference? No. 126.

Sec. 13-119. - Children prohibited from carrying weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of sixteen (16) years to carry, within the corporate limits of the city any rifle, shotgun or firearm. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(Code 1958, ? 24-73)

Sec. 13-86. - Glue sniffing prohibited.
(a)
As used in this section, the phrase "glue containing a solvent having the property of releasing toxic vapors or fumes" shall mean and include any glue, cement, or other adhesive containing one (1) or more of the following chemical compounds: acetone, an acetate, benzene, butyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, ethylene dichloride, isopropyl alcohol, methyl alcohol, methyl ethyl ketone, pentachlorophenol, petroleum ether, or toluene.
(b)
No person shall, for the purpose of causing a condition of intoxication, inebriation, excitement, stupefaction, or the dulling of his brain or nervous system, intentionally smell or inhale the fumes from any glue containing a solvent having the property of releasing toxic vapors or fumes; provided, that nothing in this section shall be interpreted as applying to the inhalation of any anesthesia for medical or dental purposes.
(c)
No person shall, for the purpose of violating subsection (b) use, or possess for the purpose of so using, any glue containing a solvent having the property of releasing toxic vapors or fumes.
(d)
No person shall sell, or offer to sell, to any other person any tube or other container of glue containing a solvent having the property of releasing toxic vapors or fumes, if he has reasonable cause to suspect that the product sold, or offered for sale, will be used for the purpose set forth in subsection (b).
(e)
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished in accordance with section 1-11
(Code 1958, ? 24-26.1)
State law reference? No. 122.


Springdale

Sec. 15-23. Carrying concealed weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person to conceal about his person a deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury. Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Upon conviction the weapon must be forfeited to the town. The provisions of this section do not apply to rifles, shotguns, dirks, slingshots, metal knuckles, or razors unless they are used with the intent to commit a crime or in furtherance of a crime. This section shall not apply to peace officers while in the discharge of their duties.
(Code 1985, ? 15-403; Ord. No. O-06-10, 11-7-06)
State law references: No. 84.

Sec. 15-30. Discharging a firearm.
(a) It shall be illegal to discharge a firearm within the incorporated limits of the town.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, fire or explode any handgun, rifle, shotgun, or any other form of firearms, or a BB or pellet gun, in the corporate limits of the city; provided, however, that this section shall not be construed to regulate the protection of oneself from immediate dangers to life and limb.
(c) Any violation of this section shall be considered a misdemeanor offense and shall be punishable by:
(1) A fine of no more than $500.00.
(2) Thirty days in jail.
(d) Any firearm used in violation of this section shall be, upon conviction, forfeited to the court.
(Ord. No. 0-6-98, 7-7-98)

Sec. 6-4. Discharging firearms.
It shall be unlawful for any person to fire a pistol or gun in any cemetery or graveyard within the limits of the town; provided, that this section shall not apply to honor guards operating under a permit issued by the town.
(Code 1985, ? 14-503)

Sec. 15-47. Pointing firearm at person.
It shall be unlawful for any person to present or point at any other person any loaded or unloaded firearm; upon conviction therefor, the person shall be punished by a fine or imprisonment. Nothing herein shall be construed to abridge the right of self defense or to apply to theatricals or like performances.
(Code 1985, ? 15-302)
State law references: No. 89.


Summerville

Sec. 16-6. - Discharging firearms.
No person shall shoot or discharge any firearms within the corporate limits of the town, except that this section shall not be construed to abridge the right of self-defense or to apply to members of the U.S. Armed Forces or law enforcement when authorized to discharge their weapons in the performance of their duty.
(Code 1982, ? 12-12)
State law reference? Concealed weapons, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-460.


Sumter County

Sec. 2-188. - Firearms or other weapons prohibited.
County constables shall not carry or use in their duties any firearm or other weapon not of a type approved by the Sheriff. Constables shall not carry firearms or other weapons except when in the performance of their assigned duties for the county or coming or going thereto unless specifically authorized to do so in writing by the Sheriff or the County Administrator.
(Code 1985, ? 2-111 ; Ord. No. 91-215, ? 9, 2-12-1991)
State law reference? Certain constables authorized to carry pistols, S.C. Code 1976, ? 22-9-180.


Surfside Beach

Sec. 8-121. Carrying of weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about the person in town, whether concealed or not, any dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury or injuries except as follows:
(1) Regular, salaried law enforcement officers of a municipality, county, of the state, uncompensated governor's constables, law enforcement officers of the federal government or other states when they are carrying out official duties while in this state, deputy wildlife conservation officers within their territorial jurisdictions, and reserve police officers while serving and functioning as law enforcement officers as authorized by S.C. Code 1976, ? 23-28-10 et seq.;
(2) Members of the Armed Forces of the United States or of the National Guard, organized reserves or the state militia when on duty;
(3) Members of organization authorized by law to purchase or receive firearms from the United States or this state, or regularly enrolled members of clubs organized for the purpose of target shooting or collecting modern and antique firearms while such members are at or going to or from their places of target practice or their shows and exhibits;
(4) Licensed hunters or fishermen while engaged in hunting or fishing and going to and from their places of hunting or fishing;
(5) Any person regularly engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, repossession or dealing in firearms, or the agent or representative of such person while possessing, using or carrying a pistol in the usual or ordinary course of such business;
(6) Guards engaged in protection of property of the United States or any agency thereof;
(7) Any authorized military or civil organizations while parading or the members thereof when going to and from the places of meeting of their respective organizations;
(8) Any person in his home, or upon his real property, or fixed place of business;
(9) Any person in any vehicle where the pistol is secured in a closed glove compartment or closed trunk;
(10) Any person carrying a pistol unloaded and in a secure wrapper from the place of purchase to his home or a fixed place of business or while in the process of the changing or moving of one's residence or the changing or moving of one's fixed place of business;
(11) Any prison guard while engaged in his official duties;
(12) Any person who is granted a permit under provision of law by the state law enforcement division to carry a pistol about his person in circumstances and under conditions set forth in such permit.
Persons authorized to carry weapons pursuant to items (6) and (12) of this section may exercise such privilege only after acquiring a permit from the state law enforcement division as provided for in S.C. Code 1976, ? 23-31-10 et seq.
(Ord. No. 05-0573, 9-27-05)
State law references: Similar provisions, S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-20.

Sec. 8-122. Discharge of dangerous devices and firearms.
It shall be unlawful to discharge within the town any firearm, air rifle, slingshot, bow and arrow, or other device which may be potentially harmful to any person or property. This prohibition shall not apply to law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties and persons who are defending human life against the actions of others.
(Code 1969, ? 14-39)


Union

Sec. 16-64. Weapons--Discharging firearms or air rifles.
No person shall fire any pistol, gun, rifle or other firearm, including air rifles, within the city.
(Code 1952, ? 17-38)
Cross references: Hunting or killing birds inside city prohibited; exceptions, ? 3-10.

Sec. 16-65. Same--Drawing in affray.
No person shall draw a knife, gun, pistol or any dangerous or deadly weapon in any affray or disturbance or threaten another at any time with physical violence with such weapon.
(Code 1952, ? 17-39)


Walterboro

Sec. 20-94. - Discharge of dangerous devices prohibited.
(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person to point at or discharge or cause to be discharged at any person any loaded or unloaded firearm of any kind.
(b)
It shall be unlawful, within the corporate limits, to fire, aim or discharge any air rifle, pellet rifle, slingshot or other device, in any manner, which may be intentionally used to harm any person or property.
(c)
Nothing contained herein, however, shall be construed to abridge the right of self-defense, to apply to theatricals or like performances or to peace officers in the discharge of their duties.
(Code 2003, ? 14.503)

Sec. 20-95. - Concealed weapons?Exceptions; violations.
(a)
It shall be unlawful for any City employee to possess, carry or store a firearm while on City property or while using any machinery, equipment or vehicle owned by the City.
(b)
The only exemption from this section shall be Public Safety officers (other than volunteers) or other employees possessing written authorization from the City Manager.
(c)
A violation of this section shall:
(1)
Be classified as a violation of the City's personnel guidelines which may result in disciplinary action, including discharge for a first offense; and
(2)
Constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by the Municipal Court.
(Code 2003, ? 14.504)

Sec. 20-96. - Same?Carrying prohibited.
(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or carry about his person, whether concealed or not, any dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury. This section shall not apply to peace officers while in the discharge of their duties.
(b)
It shall be unlawful for any person within the City to possess or conceal upon his person any knife, measuring seven inches or greater in length either when opened or unopened, or any switchblade knife.
(1)
For the purposes of this section, the term "switchblade knife" means any knife having a blade which opens automatically, by hand pressure applied to a button or other device in the handle of the knife, by operation of inertia, gravity or both.
(2)
This section does not apply to pocket knives, which when open, do not exceed 5? inches in overall length.
(Code 2003, ? 14.506)


Ware Shoals

Sec. 28-34. - Weapons.
(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person to:
(1)
Fire or discharge any air rifle, pellet gun, or other device which may be potentially harmful to any person or property; or
(2)
Draw a knife, gun, pistol or any other dangerous or deadly weapon in any fight or disturbance.
(b)
This section shall not apply to police or other law enforcement officers while in the exercise and discharge of their duties or to any theatrical or like performances; nor shall it be construed to abridge or abrogate the right of defense of person or property.
(Code 1988, ? 9-2-2)


West Columbia

Sec. 9-2-5 Weapons; discharging; exceptions.
(a) It shall be unlawful to fire or discharge any pistol, rifle, firearm, bow and arrow, slingshot, "BB" gun, air gun or other weapon or device by which a projectile is fired or discharged; provided, however, that the chief of police has the authority to waive the provisions of this section for theatrical and like performances.
(b) This section shall not apply to police or other law enforcement officers while in the exercise and discharge of their duties nor shall it be construed to abridge or abrogate the right of defense of person or property.

Sec. 9-4-1 Carrying of certain weapons prohibited.
It is unlawful for any person to carry about the person whether concealed or not, a pistol (except as allowed by section 16-23-10 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina-1976 Amended), dirk, metal knuckles, razor, ice pick, hawkbill knife or any spring or clasp knife, which has a blade more than three (3) inches in length, or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury or injuries. (Ord. of 8/7/90)

Sec. 2-3-6 Prohibited activities.
During the existence of a proclaimed state of emergency when a curfew has been defined and imposed, it shall be unlawful for anyone subject to curfew to:
...
(2) Possess off one's own premises, buy, sell, give away or otherwise transfer or dispose of any explosives, firearms, ammunition or dangerous weapon of any kind;
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York

Sec. 28-281. Discharging firearms, air rifles and toy guns.
The discharging of firearms within the city, the discharging or shooting of air rifles in the city and the discharging or shooting of toy guns on any of the streets of the city is prohibited; provided, however, that the city chief of police is authorized to issue temporary permits permitting the discharge of firearms and air rifles within the city, if in the opinion of the chief of police, such permission is necessary to protect property within the city from animals or fowl. The permit must state the purpose for discharging firearms, or air rifles, briefly describe the property to be protected, set forth the date such discharging is permitted and shall be issued only to a person 21 years of age or older who has a valid hunting license.
(Code 1977, ? 17-115)

Sec. 28-282. Pistols and other deadly weapons.
(a) Carrying unlawful; exceptions. It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about his person, whether concealed or not, any pistol except as provided by state law, or any dirk, dagger, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury. This subsection shall not apply to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties, or to the carrying or keeping of pistols by persons while on their own property, or premises.
(b) Sale restricted. No person shall sell, deliver, lease, rent, barter, exchange or transport for sale any pistol to any person unless and until he has inquired of and received a report in writing from the chief of police as to whether or not such person has been convicted of a crime of violence, is a fugitive from justice, a habitual drunkard, a drug addict, a mental incompetent, a member of a subversive organization, a minor or a person who has been adjudged unfit to carry or possess a weapon by a circuit or county court judge.
(Code 1977, ? 17-116)

Sec. 28-283. Concealed weapons.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to carry, within the city, any pistol, dirk, dagger, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injury, concealed about his person. The weapon so carried or concealed shall be forfeited to the city, upon conviction of a person of a violation of this section.
(b) Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to apply to peace officers while in the actual discharge of their duties as such officers or to persons carrying concealed weapons while upon their own premises or such other exceptions as authorized by S.C. Code 1976, ? 16-23-20.
(Code 1977, ? 17-117)

Sec. 28-284. Shooting galleries.
No shooting gallery shall be operated within the city unless the structure for the building housing the shooting gallery shall have been approved for safety by the chief of police or the building inspector.
(Code 1977, ? 17-10)

Sec. 28-316. Pinball machines; use by minors.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any minor to use or operate a pinball machine within the city.
(b) It shall be unlawful for the owner or other person or agency in control of any pinball machine within the city to permit or allow a minor to operate such machine. The operation of any pinball machine at any time by a minor shall constitute prima facie evidence of violation of this section by the person or agency in control of such pinball machine or of the business establishment wherein the pinball machine is made available for public use.
(Code 1977, ? 17-7)


York County

? 130.01 DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS IN UNINCORPORATED AREA OF THE COUNTY.
(A) It shall be unlawful for any person in the unincorporated area of the county to intentionally, negligently or carelessly discharge any firearm in a manner as to be likely to cause bodily injury or death to persons or domestic animals or damage to or destruction of property.
(B) Division (A) above shall not apply to any of the following:
(1) A rifle, pistol, skeet or trap range operated by a recognized gun club meeting standards recommended by the National Rifle Association or any equivalent nationally recognized firearms safety authority for the type and caliber of firearms being fired;
(2) A person target shooting on his or her own property or on the property of another with the written permission of the owner of the property, exhibiting reasonable regard for the safety of person or property if the person is using a backstop meeting standards recommended by the National Rifle Association or any equivalent nationally recognized firearms safety organization for the type and caliber of firearm being fired;
(3) A person hunting on his or her own property or on the property of another with the permission of the owner of the property, exhibiting reasonable regard for the safety of persons and property;
(4) Law enforcement officers or members of the armed forces discharging firearms in the line of duty; and/or
(5) A person discharging a firearm in self-defense.
(?77 Code, ? 11.5-1) (Ord. 5589, passed 11-6-89) Penalty, see ? 10.99

? 90.01 PROHIBITIONS AT PUBLIC BOAT LANDINGS.
It shall be unlawful for any person to possess any of the following articles or commit any of the following acts at any public boat landing open to the general public:
...
(E) Possession of any firearms, air guns, explosives or fireworks;
 
thebrasilian said:
So technically, it's illegal for me to shoot squirrels out of my backyard in Irmo when they start chewing on my house? That's messed up. One year I shot 36 and I only have about .35 acres. Oh, I use a pellet gun.
You also need a hunting lic to shoot squirles. And to shoot them out of season is a fine per squirl. So you say it was 35, right?
 

Stono

New Member
Private land, small game 'hunting' is somewhat complicated. SECTION 50-11-1050. Permit to remove destructive wildlife. [SC ST SEC 50-11-1050]

No permit for kids under 16 during the season. SECTION 50-9-710. Children under sixteen years of age; private ponds; pay-to-fish businesses.

Also, SECTION 50-11-1130. Authorization for landowners to kill raccoons and squirrels destroying crops. [SC ST SEC 50-11-1130]....note that this only applies to crops, not your attic.

10 per day during the season. http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/smallgamepri.html

I'll let others address the discharge of a 'firearm' at 'X' location while 'hunting'. My place is pretty big and I don't need to worry about folks near by.
 
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