UPDATE: February 6, 2010

 

States that RECOGNIZE South Carolina CWPs and states that have a RECIPROCITY agreement with South Carolina.

 

Our book, as well as the SLED website, has a list of those states that have entered into a reciprocity agreement with South Carolina regarding Concealed Weapons Permits (CWPs). The states listed allow those with CWPs issued by South Carolina to carry a weapon within their state as if the person had been issued a CWP in that state. For instance, North Carolina has a reciprocity agreement with South Carolina. So, the holder of a South Carolina CWP can act, while in North Carolina, as if he had a North Carolina CWP.

 

There are several states, however, that RECOGNIZE the validity of CWPs from other states without that state having entered into a RECIPROCITY agreement. Those states that recognize CWPs from other states are said to be Recognition States. Recognition states have enacted laws that provide that their state will recognize a validly issued CWP from any state. So, recognition states will honor a South Carolina issued CWP as if it were issued by that state.

 

A factor to consider, though, is whether a recognition state will honor both resident and non-resident CWPs (as opposed to resident CWPs only). For example, South Carolina issues both resident and non-resident CWPs. Some recognition states will only recognize a South Carolina resident CWP while not recognizing a South Carolina non-resident CWP. For those states that are recognition states, the chart below distinguishes whether the state recognizes resident and non-resident CWPs or only resident CWPs.

 

NOTE: the laws of reciprocity and recognition are subject to change Ė this information is the best available at the time of publication. All waivers and limits on liability as referenced in South Carolina Gun Law are herein referenced and incorporated.

 

Alabama           NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Alaska              Recognition of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs. (Alaska is listed as a Reciprocity state on SLEDís website probably because Alaska has also entered into a reciprocity agreement with South Carolina so that Alaskan permitees can carry in South Carolina.)

 

Arizona            Recognition of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs. (Arizona is listed as a Reciprocity state on SLEDís website probably because Arizona has also entered into a reciprocity agreement with South Carolina so that Arizona permitees can carry in South Carolina.)

 

Arkansas          Reciprocity of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

California          NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Colorado          NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Connecticut      NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Delaware          NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Florida             Reciprocity but ONLY for South Carolina resident CWPs.     

 

Georgia            NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Hawaii              NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Idaho               Recognition of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs.

 

Illinois               NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Indiana             Recognition of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs UNLESS you are an Indiana resident.

 

Iowa                NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Kansas             Reciprocity of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs.

 

 

Kentucky         Recognition of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs. (Kentucky is listed as a Reciprocity state on SLEDís website probably because Kentucky has also entered into a reciprocity agreement with South Carolina so that Kentucky permitees can carry in South Carolina.)

 

Louisiana          Reciprocity for South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs.

 

Maine               NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Maryland          NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Massachusetts  NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Michigan          Recognition of South Carolina RESIDENT CWPs. Non-resident permits are not recognized.

 

Minnesota        NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Mississippi        NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Missouri           Recognition of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs. (Missouri is listed as a Reciprocity state on SLEDís website probably because Missouri has also entered into a reciprocity agreement with South Carolina so that Missouri permitees can carry in South Carolina.)

 

Montana           Recognition of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs.

 

Nebraska         Recognition of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs.

 

Nevada            NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

New Hampshire           NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

New Jersey      NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

New Mexico    New Mexico recognizes both resident an non-resident CWPs from South Carolina.

 

New York        NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

North Carolina Reciprocity for South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs.

 

Ohio                 Reciprocity for South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs.

 

Oklahoma        Recognition of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs.

 

Oregon             NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Pennsylvania     NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

Rhode Island    NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

South Carolina              FYI - Not a recognition state. Only has reciprocity with certain states and you must be a resident of the state where your CWP was issued for that CWP to receive reciprocity in South Carolina. SC issues non-resident CWP to people who own an interest in real estate in South Carolina.

 

South Dakota   Recognition of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs.

 

Tennessee        Recognition of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs. (Tennessee is listed as a Reciprocity state on SLEDís website probably because Tennessee has also entered into a reciprocity agreement with South Carolina so that Tennessee permitees can carry in South Carolina.)

 

Texas              Reciprocity for South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs.

 

Utah                 Recognition of South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs.

 

Vermont           No permits required whatsoever.

 

Virginia Reciprocity for South Carolina resident and non-resident CWPs.

 

Washington      NO reciprocity or recognition of South Carolina resident or non-resident CWPs.

 

West Virginia    Recognition of ONLY South Carolina resident CWPs. (West Virginia is listed as a Reciprocity state on SLEDís website but is not a reciprocity state because south Carolina does not have an agreement with that would make West Virginia CWPs valid in South Carolina.

 

 

When in the recognition or reciprocity state, you are responsible for knowing and following the CWP laws for that state. The most up to date information should be available from each stateís issuing authorityís website or phone line. A good quick reference general resource is: The Travelerís Guide to the Firearms Laws of the Fifty States. It is updated every year and available at some gun stores and gun show tables. It is always available from the Bloomfield Press at www.gunlaws.com.    

 

            If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

 

                                                                                               


 

 

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