Do I need to know how to shoot before I take the CWP class?
Yes. The ONE DAY CWP Class is intended to teach the trainee how to carry a concealed weapon legally in the state of SC. Trainees with little or no experience need to be competent in the safe handling of a firearm BEFORE taking the class. The multi-day or evening classes are designed for new shooters or folks who want a more relaxed setting and have the option of private one on one instruction for additional fee. The material covered is identical. The one day CWP class is NOT appropriate for first time shooters. Introduction to Shooting classes are offered every Wednesday for new shooters. Successful completion of the introduction class should enable trainee to pass the live fire qualification with ease.
What happens in the live fire qualification?
Qualification is NOT only about hitting the target but also about SAFE WEAPON HANDLING.Each trainee will be assigned a lane from which to shoot 50 rounds. The trainee will be alone in the lane, though supervised by instructor(s), the whole time. The trainee MUST BE ABLE TO load 5 rounds, fire 5 rounds, unload weapon, and reload 5 rounds and fire WITHOUT ASSISTANCE. If using a semi-auto, must be able to load magazine, remove magazine, operate slide. If using a revolver, must be able to open cylinder, load 5 rounds (regardless of capacity), fire, and unload cartridges, and reload. If practicing this at home, use dummy ammo or snap caps. Do not practice with live ammunition!
Do I need my own weapon for the class?
No. You do not have to qualify with the weapon you plan to carry. Loaner guns are available at no charge for your use in qualifying or you may use the gun of a family member or friend. We recommend that new shooters complete the class BEFORE purchasing a weapon because you will be a much more informed consumer and have a better idea of what YOU want, not what the gun store wants to SELL you.
What weapon can I carry with my SC CWP?
SC law defines a concealable weapon as having an overall length less than 12”. A CWP holder may carry the weapon of his/her choice within those guidelines.
How long does it take to get my CWP once I successfully complete the course?
SLED takes AT LEAST 90 days, from the day that SLED actually receives the application, to process applications. You may NOT carry a concealable weapon concealed UNTIL YOU ARE IN POSSESSION of your CWP. SLED MUST notify applicants within 90 days if the applicants permit is DENIED. If you have not heard from SLED within the 90 time frame, rest assured as your permit is likely in the works.
Why is the class so long?
SC Law requires that civilian (not former military) CWP applicants receive instruction provided by a SLED approved instructor. CWP applicants must pass a written exam (50 questions, multiple choice) as well as an approved course of fire with a minimum of 70% score. The course of fire is a minimum of 50 rounds fired from 3 to 15 yards. 70% = 35/50.
What is included in the CWP class fee?
Your class fee includes: approximately 8 hours of instruction which must cover, by law, the following topics: (a) statutory and case law of SC relating to handguns and use of deadly force; (b) handgun use and safety; (c) proper storage practices for handguns that reduce possibility of accidental injury to children; and (d) actual firing of the handgun in the presence of the instructor. The fee also includes: Range time, Target, Fingerprint cards (2), SCDL Copy, Certificate, Application, and an addressed envelope. Loaner weapons, if needed, as well as eye and ear protection are provided at no charge.
What is not included in the CWP class fee?
50 rounds of ammunition (FMJ target ammo – no magnum loads) for the qualification. Ammunition is available for purchase at the range or you may bring your own. SLED charges an application fee of $50 in the form of a Money Order or bank check, ONLY. Money orders can be purchased at the Kangaroo across the street for $0.99 or most convenience stores.
What if I have had a background check and been fingerprinted for work or military service? Do I still have to be fingerprinted?
Is the application fee waived for disabled veterans?
Yes. Disabled veterans must submit documentation from the VA verifying the disability with the CWP application. A printout from the VA E-Benefits page is sufficient.
How long is the CWP valid?
5 years. May renew online with a credit/debit card within 90 days of expiration. https://www.sled.state.sc.us
Which states honor the SC CWP?
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Lousiana, Michigan, Minnesota,Mississippi, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.
What identification do I need for the class?
SC Drivers License. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN SC Drivers License: If you live here but have not yet made SC your “official” residence, go to the DMV and get your SC DL. You MUST have an SC DL to apply for a RESIDENT CWP. SC property owners who live out of state may qualify for a non-resident CWP. Please check with SLED. http://www.sled.sc.gov Must complete SLED form R-168 Just moved here, about to move. PLEASE make sure that your SC DL address and ALL addresses for CWP application and fingerprint cards MATCH. You may take the class and get your SCDL after the class however, the documents you send to SLED must match. Once you have your CWP, if you move, the law requires you notify SLED within 10 days and it will cost $5 to get a new CWP card. You have an SC ID card but not a Drivers License – SC Code of Laws Sect 23-31-215 states that CWP applicants must provide “(4) Proof of actual or corrected vision rated at 20/40 within 6 months of the date of application.” You may go to SC DMV to have your vision checked for the purposes of your CWP application. Bring the form with you to class – you will have to send it with your application. Aliens/Non-US Citizens: A resident alien must provide a copy of his/her alien card from the Dept. of Homeland Security and must also provide documentation (utility bill, lease, etc.) supporting SC residency for at least the last 90 days.
What’s the background check like? What if I have been arrested before?
If you have questions or concerns about your ability to withstand an intensive criminal records check, please contact SLED at 803-896-7015
What if my application is denied by SLED?
There is an appeal process that must be followed. The letter that SLED sends denying the application will contain the instructions that you should follow. THERE ARE TIME LIMITS – be sure that you act quickly.