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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2022 ‘Guns in Schools in South Carolina.’ Guns in Public. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2 July

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Guns in Schools in South Carolina

South Carolina prohibits any person from possessing a firearm on any premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, or other post-secondary institution, or in any publicly-owned building, without the express permission of the authorities in charge of the premises or property. A separate state law prohibits any person from carrying a firearm on his or her person while on any elementary or secondary school property.

Concealed weapons permit holders are generally subject to these prohibitions, but a permit holder may keep his or her firearm inside an attended or locked motor vehicle on school property if the gun 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. Permit holders also are prohibited from carrying a concealable firearm into a school or college athletic event not related to firearms, a daycare or pre-school facility, or the office or the business meeting of the governing body of a public school district.

In South Carolina, district school boards must expel for not less than one year a student who is determined to have brought a firearm to a school or any setting under the jurisdiction of a local board of trustees. The one-year expulsion is subject to modification by the district superintendent of education on a case-by-case basis. Students expelled pursuant to this section are not precluded from receiving educational services in an alternative setting…

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