Ok.... I don't think we have to wait for any such agreements by SLED to be done. In fact that is what was eliminated. We might do have to wait for SLED to update the list to be sure which ones are clearly reciprocal. However the very act of SLED determining what states were equal in requirements was exactly what was taken away from them. Before this, they were charged with determining states eligible for reciprocity and they dragged their feet on each one of them. Studying one at a time and taking years to do each one. This is exactly why the amendment was passed but did it really hit the mark? It is an amendment to the existing law which said they were supposed to reciprocate with states with same requirements already. But they were charged with "Determining that". Now they still have to make a list. Is that not a determination? How do you make a list without checking?
Section N (the amended section) used to read like this:
(N) Valid out-of-state permits to carry concealable weapons held by a resident of a reciprocal state must be honored by this State. SLED shall make a determination as to those states which have permit issuance standards equal to or greater than the standards contained in this article and shall maintain and publish a list of those states as the states with which South Carolina has reciprocity.
Now it reads like this:
(N) Valid out-of-state permits to carry concealable weapons held by a resident of a reciprocal state must be honored by this State, provided, that the reciprocal state requires an applicant to successfully pass a criminal background check and a course in firearm training and safety. A resident of a reciprocal state carrying a concealable weapon in South Carolina is subject to and must abide by the laws of South Carolina regarding concealable weapons. SLED shall maintain and publish a list of those states as the states with which South Carolina has reciprocity."
So, in essence, the thing that changed was "SLED Determination" and so its just a matter of publishing the list. They are obviously going to have to make a determination but its unclear to me how much leeway they have now to determine. However, at no point, do I see that they ever had to "sigh agreements" of any kind in SC. They may have done so, but that was on their own methodology and not required by the law, before or after.
And no... I am not going to come bail you out of Jail if I am wrong. At this point the SLED site makes no mention of this. And still reads as it did from a February update. I imagine they will take their sweet time and I also imagine it will take some time for it to trickle down to the LEO's,