South Carolina Knife Laws


South Carolina hardly has any laws regarding knives at all, which is great for knife owners and enthusiasts.  The tl;dr version is this: you can own anything you want and carry it however you want, even to school if the blade is under 2″.  However, you do have to check local ordinances.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in South Carolina?

South Carolina is simply great when it comes to knife laws.  You can own and carry switchblades, balisongs, disguised knives, undetectable knives, pocket knives, throwing knives, etc.

  • There are no prohibited knives in South Carolina
  • You can open-carry any knife
  • You can conceal-carry any knife you want as long as you don’t use it in an unlawful manner
  • You can bring any blade less than 2″ to school
  • If you’re a cop or authorized by the school, you can bring any knife you want to school

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in South Carolina?

South Carolina is pretty close to anything goes.  That being said, there are a couple of restrictions.

  • You cannot bring a knife with a blade longer than 2″ to school
  • You cannot carry a dangerous weapon if you intend to commit a crime

Note that South Carolina doesn’t have a statewide preemption code, though, so you should check local laws to ensure that your knife is fine in the city you live in or plan to visit.

Relevant Statutes

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