Rock Hill Weapon Offense Lawyer
What is the Difference Between a Felony & Misdemeanor Weapons Charge?
South Carolina weapons offenses may be prosecuted as either misdemeanors or felonies:
- Misdemeanors are typically punishable by up to one year in jail
- Felonies carry penalties of over a year in prison depending on the offense & fines often ranging from $1,000 to $10,000
- In some cases, a judge may choose to suspend some or all of a jail sentence in exchange for probation
- Violation of the terms of probation, however, will likely result in the original sentence being imposed
If you are facing weapons charges, be sure to consult with a skilled attorney as soon as possible. When you turn to Bruce Law Firm, our Rock Hill weapons offense lawyer can help you identify the legal solution to get the results you need. We are dedicated to fighting for the best possible outcome.
Call (803) 336-7189 today for a free consultation. Our team can take the time to listen to your side of the story and help you formulate a powerful defense.
Open & Concealed Carry Laws in South Carolina
Carrying a concealed weapon in South Carolina is permissible so long as the individual has a concealed carry permit. Concealed carry permits may be issued to both residents and non-residents (provided they own property in the state). Applicants must be at least 21 years old, have 20/40 vision, and complete the firearms training course.
There are several locations where a concealed carry permit does not apply, including:
- Courthouses and courtrooms
- Polling venues on election days
- Law enforcement offices and facilities
- Detention or correctional facilities
- State Capitol building or grounds
- School and college athletic events
- Churches and other places of worship
- Daycare and preschool facilities
- Hospitals, doctor’s offices, and medical clinics
- Any publicly owned property or building without permission of owners or management
- Places clearly marked that carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited
- Any place where carrying a firearm is prohibited by federal law
It is illegal to open carry a handgun in South Carolina, even if you have a concealed carry permit. You can, however, carry a legally owned firearm that is loaded in your vehicle without a permit. The firearm must be placed in a closed glove box, console, or trunk of the vehicle. If the weapon is found in any other place, such as on the seat, under the seat, or in a purse, the person can be charged. Those who have a permit may carry a loaded concealed handgun in their vehicle or on or about their person.
Can a Felon Own a Gun in South Carolina?
Typically, under federal law, felons or even some who have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses are not granted the ability to purchase/own a gun of any kind. Additionally, in South Carolina, as of 2010 any individual convicted of a violent crime may not purchase/own a firearm or ammunition of any kind.
Types of Firearm Offenses
At Bruce Law Firm, we take your gun rights and your freedom seriously. If you are facing charges for a weapons offense in South Carolina, count on our firm to present a strong defense on your behalf.
As a Rock Hill weapon offense lawyer, Attorney Bruce has the knowledge and experience to handle all types of charges, including:
- Unlawful carrying of a handgun
- Unlawful possession
- Negligent discharge
- Brandishing a firearm
- Assault with a firearm
- Illegal possession of ammunition
- Unlawful transportation
- Possession of a firearm for illegal purposes
- Possession of illegal weapons
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- Unlawful sale of a firearm
A conviction for any of the above crimes can lead to harsh penalties, including fines, prison time, and loss of gun rights. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a weapons offense, do not hesitate to let us help you fight for a fair outcome.
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