Concealed Weapons Permit Course
Approved by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

This class is provided as a private course for 1 to 5 people at a time.  The class can be held at your location to further protect your privacy, but we will need to travel to a range for the shooting portion.  All classes and names will be kept confidential.

I will provide the following; all classroom supplies, SLED application, class certificate (once you pass) and if needed I can also provide you with a pistol (.45 caliber or .380) and ammo if you do not yet have your own.  You will be given a class outline which allows you to be engaged in the lesson without requiring you to take any notes. 

Remember only SLED can issue a concealed carry permit to a person.  

By taking this class you will learn Gun Safety, Carry Safety, How and when to clean a weapon, Home Safety, Shooting Stance, Sight Alignment and other essential skills. We will spend a lot of time on gun laws. I want to be sure you understand all concealed carry laws.

A concealed carry permit is assigned to the person, not the gun. You can shoot with one of my pistols (.45 caliber or .380) or with the pistol of your choice for the test and later carry the pistol of your choice as your everyday concealed weapon.

The South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit Class has new rules.

There is no longer a minimum training requirement of eight (8) hours; however I am responsible to ensure that each student is adequately trained and qualified pursuant to state laws and regulations and you must pass a 50 question exam presented by SLED.

SLED requires a 50 round shooting qualification for a Concealed Weapons Permit.

SLED requires a 50 question written test to obtain a Pistol Carry Permit.


The test has two sections.  Each section is 25 questions in length.  The first Section covers the Legal Aspects.  The second section covers Firearms Safety and Operations.

The test contains true/false and multiple choice questions, as well as some fill in blanks.

Changes to the South Carolina laws that took effect on February 11, 2014. These changes are detailed at the bottom of this page.

In order to pass the shooting portion you need to hit the target 35 times. All shots in the black count.

The target will be provided.  You will be shooting at a full body target, like the one pictured above. All shots in the black will count as 2 points. You must score 70% out of 50 shots. 35 hits will pass. You will shoot from 3 yards moving back to 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards,12 yards, and finally the 15 yard line for the final 5 shots.

Safety glasses and hearing protection can be provided.

We will be live firing at an indoor range of yours or my choosing.  Please bring/wear a baseball style cap at the firing range.  Please also wear comfortable pants or jeans.

To get your CWP in South Carolina you must:

Be 21 years old or older to get a SC concealed weapon permit.

You must live in or own land in South Carolina to get a South Carolina concealed weapons carry permit.

The address on your Drivers License must match your SLED application address to get your CWP License. If your Drivers License address is different from your residence, get a new Drivers License.

You must take a SLED approved CWP class, with a shooting and written test to get your CWP.

After the class I will provide you with the CWP instructor/student checklist from SLED that we both must sign and you submit along with your SLED application that we must both also sign in order for you to obtain your concealed weapons permit from SLED.

You must send in your application to SLED in order to obtain your concealed weapon permit.  Only SLED can issue a concealed weapon permit to someone.

It must be legal for you to possess a gun in South Carolina for you to take a CWP class and apply for a concealed weapon permit from SLED.

Summary of Concealed Weapon Permit (CWP) Law and Process Changes

Effective February 11, 2014

Persons with a CWP may carry a concealed weapon into an establishment licensed to sell alcohol for consumption on premise unless:

    • The owner, holder of a lease interest, or operator of a business may prohibit the carrying of concealable weapons into the business by posting a “NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS ALLOWED” sign in accordance with Section 23-31-235 of the S.C. Code of Laws (to include sign size and proper posting location).
    • The owner, holder of a lease interest, or operator verbally asks anyone known to be carrying a concealed weapon not to carry the weapon; or asks a person carrying a concealed weapon to leave upon learning they are in possession of the weapon.
    • The owner, holder of a lease interest, or operator of the property should notify the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction if there is a patron who is carrying a concealed weapon on property properly posted or refuses to comply with this request.

CWP holders who lawfully carry a concealed weapon into an establishment that sells alcohol for on premise consumption may not consume alcohol (failure to comply may result in criminal charges and a five year revocation of a CWP).

Concealed Weapon Permits issued after February 11, 2014 will be valid for five years instead of four years.

SLED will notify CWP holders at least 30 days prior to permit expiration.

CWP holders also may secure the weapon under a seat in a vehicle, or in any open or closed storage compartment within the vehicle’s passenger compartment (Section 16-23-90(9)(a) of the S.C. Code of Laws). There is no change to the laws for those who do not have a CWP.

The CWP holder nor anyone else cannot place their gun on the dashboard in plain sight.

SLED certified CWP instructors will now have the discretion to establish training time limits for CWP applicants. There is no longer an 8-hour minimum training requirement. Some applicants will require more training while others may require less, based on experience and/or training exemptions.

CWP instructors must still conduct training pursuant to a SLED-approved lesson plan and administer a written test provided by SLED to all applicants. Applicants who are not exempt from the firearms proficiency portion of training must still satisfy the proof of range training requirement in accordance with Section R73-320(C) of the S.C. Code of Regulations.  

Applicants and instructors must also complete the South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor/Student Checklist, which must be submitted to SLED with the application. CWP instructors will be responsible for keeping copies of these checklists in addition to the other records required for a minimum of four years in accordance with Section R73-320(D)(1) of the S.C. Code of Regulations. It is suggested you keep records for a minimum of five (5) years pursuant to the change in law making permits valid for five years.

There is no longer a requirement for instructors to issue a training certificate or for the applicant to submit a training certificate to SLED.

CWP instructors must issue and maintain a student number for each class participant, which is to be listed on the application and Instructor/Student Checklist.

The firearm proficiency portion of training no longer applies to the following individuals:

Out-of-state retired law enforcement officers or South Carolina retired law enforcement officers whose certification has expired (must submit proof of graduation from a federal or state academy that included firearms training as a graduation requirement).

Retired/former military personnel who completed basic military training (must provide DD214).

Note: The above listed individuals must still complete training pertaining to information on the statutory and case law of this State relating to handguns and to the use of deadly force in accordance with Section 23-31-210(a)(i) of the S.C. Code of Laws and successfully pass a written test provided by SLED.

Any questions should be directed to the SLED Office of Regulatory Services at (803) 896-7015.

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