OK so I ride up to Ladson yesterday to the "gun and KNIFE show", with 3 LEO.
We stand in the line and wait to enter. While doing so, one of them asks "do you know why CWP holders can't carry weapons into the gun shows?"
I said I can carry upto the door, and then unload and have it zip tied through the barrel and I'm good. Which is exactly what has happened in the past.
He says, "no, SC has a public gathering law that prohibits you from carrying at public gatherings"
I said no I don't think that's how it's written, and we enter and have a good time looking at the show. I wasn't carrying anyway.
FYI, the XDm were flying off the shelves for some reason. I don't know why, being the prices I saw were $600+. No deal as far as I am concerned.
Anyway, since none of us found anything worth taking home, we decide to run to a shop about 30 minutes the other direction from home. So we get there and 1 of them buys an original 60's Ruger Blackhawk 8". Something about not being able to be carried fully loaded, because if you bump it, it WILL go off. Not modified by Ruger to correct the problem.
Back to the story, while leaving the gun shop, he asks the owner, who just finished with a CWP class (literally) the same question about CWP and gun shows. The owner states, a CWP holder cannot carry in gun shows because it is a public gathering. I didn't comment, and after a few minutes we left.
I have not found a public gathering law on SLED's website. I have found a public buildings and grounds law. It does not state gatherings.
Who knows what the SC definition of a publicly owned building is? And according to what I read, not just public grounds, there must be a building there also.SECTION 16-23-420. Carrying or displaying firearms in public buildings or areas adjacent thereto.
(A) It is unlawful for a person to possess a firearm of any kind on any premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, other post secondary institution, or in any publicly-owned building, without the express permission of the authorities in charge of the premises or property.
Someone correct me if I am wrong , but I now have an LEO and a CWP instructor telling me it's public gatherings. Which means none of us could meet up to have a BS session in a park.... Also do we have to assume that since it DOES not state CWP is allowed in public buildings, that we ARE NOT.
Off to church, and some play this afternoon, so I won't be able to answer questions or respond until late this afternoon. I guess I can't carry today either.......