South Carolina ratified the Constitution almost 225 years ago, on May 23rd, 1788. In doing so it became the eighth state to join the Union. South Carolina’s knife laws were very restrictive until 2008, when the legislature overrode governor Mark Sanford’s veto of a broad package of weapons law reforms.
Before that, the Palmetto State banned the carry of any knife longer than two inches. Today, South Carolina is The Promised Land of knife laws. With exceptions…
Although I’m a lawyer and this is definitely a legal article, I’m not licensed in any state except Washington. None of this is meant to be relied on as legal advice: if you need to know what you can or can’t get away with under any state or local law, you’ll need to hit the law books yourself or call a lawyer in that state.
But I digress: At the statewide level, South Carolina’s knife laws begin and end with two simple commands: Don’t use a knife to commit a crime, and don’t carry a knife longer than 2″ on school property. And that’s it. Period. Dot. End of story. If you’re asking “Is my _____ legal for (concealed) carry in South Carolina?” the answer is yes.
At the statewide level, that is. South Carolina state law doesn’t preempt local laws (a 2012 preemption bill died in committee) so there’s an infuriating patchwork of local knife laws. Some of them even seem to retain the pre-2008 2″ blade limit.
The American Knife And Tool Institute is working to revive last year’s stalled preemption bill, which would make South Carolina the most knife-friendly state anywhere in the history of ever.