South Carolina - Bank Carry Question

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    South Carolina - Bank Carry Question

    When I took my CC course last year, the instructor specifically said that you could NOT conceal carry in a bank in South Carolina. I have since run into a thread on a separate message board that aims to list banks in a specific city that have gun free zone signs, so they can avoid those banks.

    Can anyone help me determine the law on this. I have looked and I can't find where it specifically bands CC in banks.

    Thanks!
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    I might suggest that you send a "certified" letter to the Attorney General of South Carolina for clarification on this point. I would not want to be on the "negative" aspect of carrying a weapon that was illegal.

    Draft an appropriate letter requesting clarification on carrying a firearm onto bank property. It would be time well spent.
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    Not sure about the SC regs, but i would encourage you to check out handgunlaw.us. Many folks on the forum use the site as an informational tool for checking out CCW laws in their own state. The site is very good at breaking down what you need to know in easily readable language. The site is also very helpful for travelling. Best of luck.

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    I agree that this site is a great site for information on various aspects of handgun law. But it's no substitute for a letter to the AG of SC.

    I'm sure that there is a "disclaimer" somewhere that recommends that if we have questions regarding any particular gun law we should contact state authorities for clarification.
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    I also remember banks being on the no list here in S.C. I use the drive thru 99% of the time now.

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    Your instructor is wrong. Bank carry is completely legal in SC.

    Unless its posted properly, you may enter while armed.

    Im gonna gues that you mean the USACarry forum for the list but Im sorry, that info is dead wrong.

    FWIW, I bank at BOA and I go in there at least 3 times a week. I am armed. I also go into the Wachovia on occasion and they are posted though the sign is not legal signage. I always just walk right in and do my business.
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    You can find the South Carolina gun laws on the SLED website. There is no prohibition on carrying in banks. A bank can post a "no concealable weapons allowed" sign, but if they do not, there's nothing to prohibit you from carrying in one.

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    AllAmerican and Blackeagle are correct. Many people are confused because banks are federally insured thinking they are federal property, they are NOT.

    That said the way things are going banks may be federal property soon but so far you are good to go in SC.
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    After looking at S.L.E.D.'s website banks are not listed as prohibited places to carry, unless posted.

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    I think you have your answer in the above posts.
    You can be armed when you check on your millions in SC.

    We don't have those silly worries down here...no signs either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllAmerican View Post
    Your instructor is wrong. Bank carry is completely legal in SC.
    +1, dead on.
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    I carry everytime I enter my bank.

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    Thanks everyone. I had looked at all the legal info I could find, but didn't see anything that would indicate you couldn't carry in the bank. My instructor was so adamant about it. There was an elderly couple there that really wanted to CC to take their large amounts of money from their business to the bank safely. The instructor went as far as to say the one with the weapon could escort the one with the money as far as the entrance and would have to wait outside.

    So, I've been disarming every time I've had to go into the bank, then I saw that post on another board listing banks that had GFZ signs to avoid them. So I did my research and couldn't find anything, so I brought it to you intelligent folk here :)

    So, with all that...thanks!
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    Always remember that even if the bank has a sign that it has to be legal signage or it means nothing.

    That is why I walk right into the Wachovia. Their sign is a tiny 5 x 5 thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllAmerican View Post
    Always remember that even if the bank has a sign that it has to be legal signage or it means nothing.
    I think I would want to confirm that with the AG of the state you live in --- or at least find some case law that supports it. I live in Kansas, and the state is relatively new to CC (2006). While the law here says that it has to be legal signage, we've heard confusing information that seems to indicate the AG would rule in favor of a business that posted illegal signage "if the intent of the signage was clear." In other words, the signage may not follow the letter of the law, but if a reasonable person would conclude from the signage that weapons were not allowed, then it would be illegal to enter said business while carrying a concealed weapon. Obviously, no one here wants to be the first "test case" and challenge this interpretation.

    So, again, I would encourage you to check with your AG.

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