See our Dealer Regulations policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent the ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.

In 2012, South Carolina repealed its law governing handgun dealers. 1 South Carolina formerly required that any retail dealer selling handguns must possess a dealer license and comply with certain conditions.

For laws:

Notes
  1. 2012 S.C. Act No. 285, § 2. ⤴︎