Article 1 Purchase of Rifles and Shotguns
Article 3 Regulation of Pistols [Repealed]
Article 4 Concealed Weapon Permits
Article 5 Use and Possession of Machine Guns, Sawed-Off Shotguns and Rifles
Article 6 (D) the Results of a Test Administered Pursuant to This Section for the Purpose of Detecting the Presence of a Controlled Substance Are Not Admissible as Evidence in a Criminal Prosecution for the Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Article 7 Local Regulations
Article 8 Identification Cards Issued to and Firearm Qualification Provided for Retired Law Enforcement Personnel
Article 10 Nics: Mental Health Adjudication and Commitment Reporting

Terms Used In South Carolina Code > Title 23 > Chapter 31

  • Adjudicated as a mental defective: means a determination by a court of competent jurisdiction that a person, as a result of marked subnormal intelligence, mental illness, mental incompetency, mental condition, or mental disease:

    (a) is a danger to himself or to others; or

    (b) lacks the mental capacity to contract or manage the person's own affairs. See South Carolina Code 23-31-1010
  • Antique firearm: means any firearm not designed or redesigned for using rim fire or conventional center fire ignition with fixed ammunition and manufactured in or before 1898 (including any matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system or replica thereof, whether actually manufactured before or after the year 1898) and also any firearm using fixed ammunition manufactured in or before 1898, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade. See South Carolina Code 23-31-310
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Buyer: means a person who buys or contracts to buy goods. See South Carolina Code 36-2-103
  • Case law: The law as laid down in cases that have been decided in the decisions of the courts.
  • Committed to a mental institution: means a formal commitment of a person to a mental institution by a court of competent jurisdiction. See South Carolina Code 23-31-1010
  • Concealable weapon: means a firearm having a length of less than twelve inches measured along its greatest dimension that must be carried in a manner that is hidden from public view in normal wear of clothing except when needed for self-defense, defense of others, and the protection of real or personal property. See South Carolina Code 23-31-210
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Contract for sale: includes both a present sale of goods and a contract to sell goods at a future time. See South Carolina Code 36-2-106
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defense attorney: Represent defendants in criminal matters.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Financial institution: means the term as used in Section 14 of the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-172; 50 U. See South Carolina Code 11-57-30
  • Investment: means a commitment or contribution of funds or property, whatever the source, a loan or other extension of credit, and the entry into or renewal of a contract for goods or services. See South Carolina Code 11-57-30
  • Iran: includes the Government of Iran and any agency or instrumentality of Iran. See South Carolina Code 11-57-30
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Mental institution: includes mental health facilities, mental hospitals, sanitariums, psychiatric facilities, and other facilities that provide diagnoses by licensed professionals of mental retardation or mental illness, including a psychiatric ward in a general hospital. See South Carolina Code 23-31-1010
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: includes an individual, his executor, administrator or other personal representative, or a corporation, partnership, association or any other legal or commercial entity, whether or not a citizen or domiciliary of this State and whether or not organized under the laws of this State. See South Carolina Code 36-2-801
  • Person: means any of the following:

    (a) a natural person, corporation, company, limited liability company, business association, partnership, society, trust, or any other nongovernmental entity, organization, or group;

    (b) any governmental entity or instrumentality of a government, including a multilateral development institution, as defined in Section 1701(c)(3) of the International Financial Institutions Act (22 U. See South Carolina Code 11-57-30
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Picture identification: means :

    (a) a valid driver's license or photographic identification card issued by the state in which the applicant resides; or

    (b) an official photographic identification card issued by the Department of Revenue, a federal or state law enforcement agency, an agency of the United States Department of Defense, or the United States Department of State. See South Carolina Code 23-31-210
  • present sale: means a sale which is accomplished by the making of the contract. See South Carolina Code 36-2-106
  • Pro se: A Latin term meaning "on one's own behalf"; in courts, it refers to persons who present their own cases without lawyers.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Proof of training: means an original document or certified copy of the document supplied by an applicant that certifies that he is either:

    (a) a person who, within three years before filing an application, successfully has completed a basic or advanced handgun education course offered by a state, county, or municipal law enforcement agency or a nationally recognized organization that promotes gun safety. See South Carolina Code 23-31-210
  • Qualified nonresident: means an individual who owns real property in South Carolina, but who resides in another state. See South Carolina Code 23-31-210
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Rescission: The cancellation of budget authority previously provided by Congress. The Impoundment Control Act of 1974 specifies that the President may propose to Congress that funds be rescinded. If both Houses have not approved a rescission proposal (by passing legislation) within 45 days of continuous session, any funds being withheld must be made available for obligation.
  • Resident: means an individual who is present in South Carolina with the intention of making a permanent home in South Carolina or military personnel on permanent change of station orders. See South Carolina Code 23-31-210
  • Rifle: means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed cartridge to fire only a single projectile through a rifled bore for each single pull of the trigger. See South Carolina Code 23-31-310
  • Sawed-off rifle: means a rifle having a barrel or barrels of less than sixteen inches in length or a weapon made from a rifle which as modified has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches or a barrel or barrels of less than sixteen inches in length. See South Carolina Code 23-31-310
  • Sawed-off shotgun: means a shotgun having a barrel or barrels of less than eighteen inches in length or a weapon made from a shotgun which as modified has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches or a barrel or barrels of less than eighteen inches in length. See South Carolina Code 23-31-310
  • Seller: means a person who sells or contracts to sell goods. See South Carolina Code 36-2-103
  • Shotgun: means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed shotgun shell to fire through a smooth bore either a number of ball shot or a single projectile for each pull of the trigger. See South Carolina Code 23-31-310
  • State agency: means each state board, commission, department, executive department or officer, institution, and instrumentality. See South Carolina Code 11-57-30
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Use a firearm: means to discharge a firearm. See South Carolina Code 23-31-400