South Carolina Gun Laws Table of Contents

carsontech

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Bear with me on this, this is a work in progress. I'm splitting up the statutes that Enjay posted and creating a table of contents that has links in it. Each link points to the correct post in this thread regarding the statute selected.


If you would like to view all the laws at one, Enjay has provided them in this same thread, at this post:
SC Firearm Related Statutes - Full Text



SC Code of Law Concerning Firearms







 

carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-10

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 1 - Handguns
      • SECTION 16-23-10. Definitions.

    When used in this article:
    • (1) ?Handgun? means any firearm designed to expel a projectile and designed to be fired from the hand, but shall not include any firearm generally recognized or classified as an antique, curiosity, or collector?s item, or any that does not fire fixed cartridges.

      (2) ?Dealer? means any person engaged in the business of selling firearms at retail or any person who is a pawnbroker.

      (3) ?Crime of violence? means murder, manslaughter (except negligent manslaughter arising out of traffic accidents), rape, mayhem, kidnapping, burglary, robbery, housebreaking, assault with intent to kill, commit rape, or rob, assault with a dangerous weapon, or assault with intent to commit any offense punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.

      (4) ?Fugitive from justice? means any person who has fled from or is fleeing from any law enforcement officer to avoid prosecution or imprisonment for a crime of violence.

      (5) ?Subversive organization? means any group, committee, club, league, society, association, or combination of individuals the purpose of which, or one of the purposes of which, is the establishment, control, conduct, seizure, or overthrow of the government of the United States or any state or political subdivision thereof, by the use of force, violence, espionage, sabotage, or threats or attempts of any of the foregoing.

      (6) ?Conviction?? as used herein shall include pleas of guilty, pleas of nolo contendere, and forfeiture of bail.

      (7) ?Division? means the State Law Enforcement Division.

      (8) ?Purchase? or ?sell? means to knowingly buy, offer to buy, receive, lease, rent, barter, exchange, pawn or accept in pawn.

      (9) ?Person? means any individual, corporation, company, association, firm, partnership, society, or joint stock company.

      (10) ?Luggage compartment? means the trunk of a motor vehicle which has a trunk; however, with respect to a motor vehicle which does not have a trunk, the term ?luggage compartment? refers to the area of the motor vehicle in which the manufacturer designed that luggage be carried or to the area of the motor vehicle in which luggage is customarily carried. In a station wagon, van, hatchback vehicle, or sport utility vehicle, the term ?luggage compartment? refers to the area behind, but not under, the rearmost seat. In a truck, the term ? luggage compartment? refers to the area behind the rearmost seat, but not under the front seat.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-20

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 1 - Handguns
      • SECTION 16-23-20. Unlawful carrying of handgun; exceptions.

    It is unlawful for anyone to carry about the person any handgun, whether concealed or not, except as follows, unless otherwise specifically prohibited by law:

    • (1) regular, salaried law enforcement officers, and reserve police officers of a state agency, municipality, or 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 enforcement officers of the Natural Resources Enforcement Division of the Department of Natural Resources, and retired commissioned law enforcement officers employed as private detectives or private investigators;

      (2) members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the National Guard, organized reserves, or the State Militia when on duty;

      (3) members, or their invited guests, of organizations authorized by law to purchase or receive firearms from the United States or this State or regularly enrolled members, or their invited guests, of clubs organized for the purpose of target shooting or collecting modern and antique firearms while these members, or their invited guests, are at or going to or from their places of target practice or their shows and exhibits;

      (4) licensed hunters or fishermen who are engaged in hunting or fishing or going to or from their places of hunting or fishing while in a vehicle or on foot;

      (5) a person regularly engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, repossessing, or dealing in firearms, or the agent or representative of this person, while possessing, using, or carrying a handgun in the usual or ordinary course of the business;

      (6) guards authorized by law to possess handguns and engaged in protection of property of the United States or any agency of the United States;

      (7) members of authorized military or civil organizations while parading or when going to and from the places of meeting of their respective organizations;

      (8) a person in his home or upon his real property or a person who has the permission of the owner or the person in legal possession or the person in legal control of the home or real property;

      (9) a person in a vehicle if the handgun is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle; however, this item is not violated if the glove compartment, console, or trunk is opened in the presence of a law enforcement officer for the sole purpose of retrieving a driver?s license, registration, or proof of insurance;

      (10) a person carrying a handgun 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 changing or moving one?s residence or changing or moving one?s fixed place of business;

      (11) a prison guard while engaged in his official duties;

      (12) a person who is granted a permit under provision of law by the State Law Enforcement Division to carry a handgun about his person, under conditions set forth in the permit, and while transferring the handgun between the permittee?s person and a location specified in item (9);

      (13) the owner or the person in legal possession or the person in legal control of a fixed place of business, while at the fixed place of business, and the employee of a fixed place of business, other than a business subject to Section 16-23-465, while at the place of business; however, the employee may exercise this privilege only after: (a) acquiring a permit pursuant to item (12), and (b) obtaining the permission of the owner or person in legal control or legal possession of the premises;

      (14) a person engaged in firearms related activities while on the premises of a fixed place of business which conducts, as a regular course of its business, activities related to sale, repair, pawn, firearms training, or use of firearms, unless the premises is posted with a sign limiting possession of firearms to holders of permits issued pursuant to item (12);

      (15) a person while transferring a handgun directly from or to a vehicle and a location specified in this section where one may legally possess the handgun.

      (16) Any person on a motorcycle when the pistol is secured in a closed saddlebag or other similar closed accessory container attached, whether permanently or temporarily, to the motorcycle.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-30

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 1 - Handguns
      • SECTION 16-23-30. Sale or delivery of handgun to and possession by certain persons unlawful; stolen handguns.
    • (A) It is unlawful for a person to knowingly sell, offer to sell, deliver, lease, rent, barter, exchange, or transport for sale into this State any handgun to:

      • (1) a person who has been convicted of a crime of violence in any court of the United States, the several states, commonwealths, territories, possessions, or the District of Columbia or who is a fugitive from justice or a habitual drunkard or a drug addict or who has been adjudicated mentally incompetent;

        (2) a person who is a member of a subversive organization;

        (3) a person under the age of twenty one, but this shall not apply to the issue of handguns to members of the Armed Forces of the United States, active or reserve, National Guard, State Militia, or R. O. T. C., when on duty or training or the temporary loan of handguns for instructions under the immediate supervision of a parent or adult instructor; or

        (4) a person who by order of a circuit judge or county court judge of this State has been adjudged unfit to carry or possess a firearm, such adjudication to be made upon application by any police officer, or by any prosecuting officer of this State, or sua sponte, by the court, but a person who is the subject of such an application is entitled to reasonable notice and a proper hearing prior to any such adjudication.

      (B) It is unlawful for a person enumerated in subsection (A) to possess or acquire handguns within this State.

      (C) A person shall not knowingly buy, sell, transport, pawn, receive, or possess any stolen handgun or one from which the original serial number has been removed or obliterated.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-50

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 1 - Handguns
      • SECTION 16-23-50. Penalties; disposition of fines; forfeiture and disposition of handguns.

    • (A)

      • (1) A person, including a dealer, who violates the provisions of this article, except Section 16-23-20, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than two thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

        (2) A person violating the provisions of Section 16-23-20 is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

      (B) In addition to the penalty provided in this section, the handgun involved in the violation of this article must be confiscated. The handgun must be delivered to the chief of police of the municipality or to the sheriff of the county if the violation occurred outside the corporate limits of a municipality. The law enforcement agency that receives the confiscated handgun may use it within the agency, transfer it to another law enforcement agency for the lawful use of that agency, trade it with a retail dealer licensed to sell handguns in this State for a handgun or any other equipment approved by the agency, or destroy it. A weapon must not be disposed of in any manner until the results of any legal proceeding in which it may be involved are finally determined. If the State Law Enforcement Division seized the handgun, the division may keep the handgun for use by its forensic laboratory. Records must be kept of all confiscated handguns received by the law enforcement agencies under the provisions of this article.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-55

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 1 - Handguns
      • SECTION 16-23-55. Procedure for returning found handgun.

    • (A) A handgun that is found and turned over to a law enforcement agency must be held for a period of ninety days. During that period, the agency shall make a diligent effort to determine:

      • (1) if the handgun is stolen;

        (2) if the handgun has been used in the commission of a crime; and

        (3) the true owner of the handgun.

      (B) At least twice during the ninety day holding period, the agency shall advertise the handgun with its full description in a newspaper having general circulation in the county where the handgun was found.

      (C) After the ninety days have elapsed from publication of the first advertisement, and upon request of the individual who found and turned over the handgun, the agency shall return the handgun to this person if the individual fully completes the application process as described in Section 23-31-140 and in federal law, and pays all advertising and other costs incidental to returning the handgun. No handgun may be returned until the individual fully completes the application.

      (D) Upon proper completion of the application, the law enforcement agency shall provide copies of the application in compliance with Section 23-31-140.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-60

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 1 - Handguns
      • SECTION 16-23-60. Construction.

    • Provisions of this article must not be construed to grant any additional police powers not authorized by law, and do not in any manner affect the powers of constables commissioned by the Governor.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 23-31-310

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 3 - Machine Guns, Sawed-Off Shotguns and Rifles
      • SECTION 23-31-310. Definitions.

    • When used in this article:

      (a) ?Machine gun? applies to and includes any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. The term shall also include the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any combination or parts designed and intended for use in converting a weapon into a machine gun, and any combination of parts from which a machine gun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person.

      (b) ?Sawed off shotgun? means a shotgun having a barrel or barrels of less than eighteen inches in length or a weapon made from a shotgun which as modified has an overall length of less than twenty- six inches or a barrel or barrels of less than eighteen inches in length.

      (c) ?Shotgun? means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed shotgun shell to fire through a smooth bore either a number of ball shot or a single projectile for each pull of the trigger. The term includes any such weapon which may be readily restored to fire a fixed shotgun shell but does not include an antique firearm as defined in this section.

      (d) ?Sawed off rifle? means a rifle having a barrel or barrels of less than sixteen inches in length or a weapon made from a rifle which as modified has an overall length of less than twenty six inches or a barrel or barrels of less than sixteen inches in length.

      (e) ?Rifle? means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed cartridge to fire only a single projectile through a rifled bore for each single pull of the trigger. The term includes any such weapon which may be readily restored to fire a fixed cartridge but does not include an antique firearm as described in this section.

      (f) ?Antique firearm? means any firearm not designed or redesigned for using rim fire or conventional center fire ignition with fixed ammunition and manufactured in or before 1898 (including any matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system or replica thereof, whether actually manufactured before or after the year 1898) and also any firearm using fixed ammunition manufactured in or before 1898, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.

      (g) ?Military firearm? means any military weapon, firearm, or destructive device, other than a machine gun, that is manufactured for military use by a firm licensed by the federal government pursuant to a contract with the federal government and does not include a pistol, rifle, or shotgun which fires only one shot for each pull of the trigger.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-220

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 3 - Machine Guns, Sawed-Off Shotguns and Rifles
      • SECTION 16-23-220. Unlawful transportation of machine gun, military firearm, or sawed off shotgun or rifle within State.

    • It is unlawful for a person to transport from one place to another in this State or for any railroad company, express company, or other common carrier or any officer, agent, or employee of any of them or other person acting in their behalf knowingly to ship or to transport from one place to another in this State a machine gun or firearm commonly known as a machine gun, military firearm, sawed off shotgun, or sawed off rifle, except as provided in Sections 16 23 250 and 23 31 330.
      A person who violates the provisions of this section, upon conviction, must be punished pursuant to Section 16-23-260.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-230

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 3 - Machine Guns, Sawed-Off Shotguns and Rifles
      • SECTION 16-23-230. Unlawful storing, keeping, or possessing of machine gun, military firearm, or sawed off shotgun or rifle.

    • It is unlawful for a person to store, keep, possess, or have in possession or permit another to store, keep, possess, or have in possession a machine gun or firearm commonly known as a machine gun, military firearm, sawed off shotgun, or sawed off rifle, except as provided in Sections 16-23-250 and 23-31-330.

      A person who violates the provisions of this section, upon conviction, must be punished pursuant to Section 16-23-260.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-24

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 3 - Machine Guns, Sawed-Off Shotguns and Rifles
      • SECTION 16-23-240. Unlawful sale, rental, or giving away of machine gun, military firearm, or sawed off shotgun or rifle; exceptions.

    • It is unlawful for a person to sell, rent, give away, or participate in any manner, directly or indirectly, in the sale, renting, giving away, or otherwise disposing of a machine gun, or firearm commonly known as a machine gun, military firearm, sawed off shotgun, or sawed off rifle, except as provided in Sections 16-23-250 and 23-31-330.

      A person who violates the provisions of this section, upon conviction, must be punished pursuant to Section 16-23-260.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-250

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 3 - Machine Guns, Sawed-Off Shotguns and Rifles
      • SECTION 16-23-250. Exceptions to application of article.

    • The provisions of this article do not apply to the Army, Navy, or Air Force of the United States, the National Guard, and organizations authorized by law to purchase or receive machine guns, military firearms, or sawed-off shotguns or sawed-off rifles, from the United States or from this State and the members of these organizations. Any peace officer of the State or of a county or other political subdivision, state constable, member of the highway patrol, railway policeman or warden, superintendent, head keeper or deputy of a state prison, correction facility, workhouse, county jail, city jail, or other institution for the detention of persons convicted or accused of crime or held as witnesses in criminal cases or persons on duty in the postal service of the United States or a common carrier while transporting direct to a police department, military, or naval organization or person authorized by law to possess or use a machine gun, or sawed-off shotgun, or sawed-off rifle, may possess machine guns, or sawed-off shotguns, or sawed-off rifles, when required in the performance of their duties. The provisions of this section must not be construed to apply to machine guns, or sawed-off shotguns, or sawed-off rifles kept for display as relics and which are rendered harmless and not usable.

      The provisions of this article do not apply to any manufacturer of machine guns or military firearms licensed pursuant to the provisions of 18 U. S. C. Section 921 et seq., any person authorized to possess these weapons by the United States Department of the Treasury, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, or any other federal agency empowered to grant this authorization, any common or contract carrier transporting or shipping any machine gun or military firearm to or from the manufacturer if the transportation or shipment is not prohibited by federal law, or persons licensed pursuant to Section 23-31-370.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-260

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 3 - Machine Guns, Sawed-Off Shotguns and Rifles
      • SECTION 16-23-260. Penalties.

    • A person violating the provisions of this article is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than ten thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-270

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 3 - Machine Guns, Sawed-Off Shotguns and Rifles
      • SECTION 16-23-270. Article not applicable to antique firearms.

    • The provisions of this article shall not apply to antique firearms.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-280

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 3 - Machine Guns, Sawed-Off Shotguns and Rifles
      • SECTION 16-23-280. Manufacture and sale of machine guns by licensed manufacturer.

    • Notwithstanding the provisions of this article, machine guns or military firearms manufactured by a firm licensed by the federal government and subject to the Federal Gun Control Act may be legally manufactured, transported, possessed, and sold within the State by the manufacturer thereof.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-405

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 5 - Miscellaneous Offenses
      • SECTION 16-23-405. Definition of "weapon"; confiscation and disposition of weapons used in commission or in furtherance of crime.

    • (A) Except for the provisions relating to rifles and shotguns in Section 16-23-460, as used in this chapter, "weapon" means firearm (rifle, shotgun, pistol, or similar device that propels a projectile through the energy of an explosive), a blackjack, a metal pipe or pole, or any other type of device, or object which may be used to inflict bodily injury or death.

      (B) A person convicted of a crime, in addition to a penalty, shall have a weapon used in the commission or in furtherance of the crime confiscated. Each weapon must be delivered to the chief of police of the municipality or to the sheriff of the county if the violation occurred outside the corporate limits of a municipality. The law enforcement agency that receives the confiscated weapon may use it within the agency, transfer it to another law enforcement agency for the lawful use of that agency, trade it with a retail dealer licensed to sell pistols in this State for a pistol or other equipment approved by the agency, or destroy it. A weapon may not be disposed of until the results of all legal proceedings in which it may be involved are finally determined. A firearm seized by the State Law Enforcement Division may be kept by the division for use by its forensic laboratory.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-410

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 5 - Miscellaneous Offenses
      • SECTION 16-23-410. Pointing firearm at any person.

    • It is unlawful for a person to present or point at another person a loaded or unloaded firearm.

      A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined in the discretion of the court or imprisoned not more than five years. This section must not be construed to abridge the right of self-defense or to apply to theatricals or like performances.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-415

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 5 - Miscellaneous Offenses
      • SECTION 16-23-415. Taking firearm or other weapon from law enforcement officer.

    • An individual who takes a firearm, stun gun, or taser device from the person of a law enforcement officer or a corrections officer is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not more than five years, or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both, if all of the following circumstances exist at the time the firearm is taken:
      • (1) the individual knows or has reason to believe the person from whom the weapon is taken is a law enforcement officer or a corrections officer;

        (2) the law enforcement officer or corrections officer is performing his duties as a law enforcement officer or a corrections officer, or the individual's taking of the weapon is directly related to the law enforcement officer's or corrections officer's professional responsibilities;

        (3) the individual takes the weapon without consent of the law enforcement officer or corrections officer;

        (4) the law enforcement officer is authorized by his employer to carry the weapon in the line of duty; and

        (5) the law enforcement officer or corrections officer is authorized by his employer to carry the weapon while off duty and has identified himself as a law enforcement officer.

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carsontech

Member
Re: South Carolina Gun Laws

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 5 - Miscellaneous Offenses
      • SECTION 16-23-420. Possession of firearm on school property; concealed weapons.

    • (A) It is unlawful for a person to possess a firearm of any kind on any premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, other post-secondary institution, or in any publicly owned building, without the express permission of the authorities in charge of the premises or property. The provisions of this subsection related to any premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, or other post-secondary institution, do not apply to a person who is authorized to carry a concealed weapon pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 31, Title 23 when the weapon remains inside an attended or locked motor vehicle and is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.

      (B) It is unlawful for a person to enter the premises or property described in subsection (A) and to display, brandish, or threaten others with a firearm.

      (C) A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

      (D) This section does not apply to a guard, law enforcement officer, or member of the armed forces, or student of military science. A married student residing in an apartment provided by the private or public school whose presence with a weapon in or around a particular building is authorized by persons legally responsible for the security of the buildings is also exempted from the provisions of this section.

      (E) For purposes of this section, the terms "premises" and "property" do not include state or locally owned or maintained roads, streets, or rights-of-way of them, running through or adjacent to premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, or other post-secondary institution, which are open full time to public vehicular traffic.

      (F) This section does not apply to a person who is authorized to carry concealed weapons pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 31 of Title 23 when upon any premises, property, or building that is part of an interstate highway rest area facility.

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carsontech

Member
SECTION 16-23-430

Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
  • Chapter 23 - Offenses Involving Weapons
    • Article 5 - Miscellaneous Offenses
      • SECTION 16-23-430. Carrying weapon on school property; concealed weapons.

    • (A) It shall be unlawful for any person, except state, county, or municipal law enforcement officers or personnel authorized by school officials, to carry on his person, while on any elementary or secondary school property, a knife, with a blade over two inches long, a blackjack, a metal pipe or pole, firearms, or any other type of weapon, device, or object which may be used to inflict bodily injury or death.

      (B) This section does not apply to a person who is authorized to carry a concealed weapon pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 31, Title 23 when the weapon remains inside an attended or locked motor vehicle and is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.

      (C) A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. Any weapon or object used in violation of this section may be confiscated by the law enforcement division making the arrest.

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