Well this Saturday is a big day for me...I am not only going to shoot my SKS for the first time (post will follow for sure), I am also plopping my money down at the local range to sign op for the CCW training class. I have my CCW weapon which is a S&W M&P 9mm Compact ready to rock as soon as I get that magical envelope with my ID from SLED.
Note: Check your local laws before doing anything that could get you shot by a police officer.
The following states are shall issue: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming Vermont does not require a permit and neither does Alaska (they do issue them for the purpose of reciprocity)
Illinois and Wisconsin are NO ISSUE
Anyone left has laws too complicated to even bother in my opinion. You'll have to research it yourself. Believe it or not there are states that allow Open carry - meaning strap a gun to your hip and you can walk around and not break the law - always look for signs posted regarding bringing firearms onto certain properties like schools, airports, police stations and private property where prohibited by the owner.
The states where open carry is legal without a permit are:
Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, New Mexico, West Virgina, Wyoming, Vermont and Virginia.
There are permit open carry states but the laws vary and are confusing. You can visit the NRA's website and find tons of information on your particular state. I would suggest you do that before assuming anything I say is Gospel.
South Carolina The requirements for a CCW in South Carolina are as follows:
South Carolina is a shall-issue state; Applicants that meet all of the state requirements must be granted a permit.
To obtain a permit, you must:
Be at least 21 years of age Be a South Carolina resident with a drivers license or military ID, or be a qualified non-resident (a resident of another state who owns real property in South Carolina) Be eligible to possess a firearm pursuant with all state and federal laws Pass a background check Show proof of approved CWP training taken within 3 years See SCCL 23-31-210 for complete eligibility requirements. Permits are issued by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) per SCCL 23-31-215. The CWP application is available from any sheriff's office or online. Applications may be hand delivered or mailed to SLED. The submitted application must be accompanied by two (2) completed fingerprint cards, a color photograph of the applicant not smaller than 1”x1” nor larger than 3”x5”, and a notarized copy of the applicants driver’s license. Permits are valid for 4 years and may be renewed per SCCL 23-31-215 (P).
The permit fee is $50 for a new application or for renewal (waived for disabled veterans and retired law enforcement officers). The course must be 8 hours of firearms training which includes classroom/test time and range time. The instructor must be SLED approved. My range offers the training, pictures, finger printing, filling out and filing of the paperwork for $150...and that includes the $50 application fee (So really it is only $100 bucks) which is not bad. I will plop my money down and get into the next scheduled class I hope. Once the training is over and the paperwork has been filed I believe it takes three months to finally get your permit in the mail. I will keep you up to date and let you know how my class goes once it's is scheduled and I have taken it.
...that is all.
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