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Most weapon owners know that unless they have a concealed carry permit, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon. The law is pretty straightforward, but things are a little less clear when it comes to transporting weapons in personal vehicles.
 
According to South Carolina law, concealed carry permit holders may transport handguns concealed on their person and others may transport them “secured in a glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk or closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the ‘luggage compartment’ of the vehicle.”
 
North Carolina law does not specifically address how to transport a weapon in a personal vehicle. The law does state that it is illegal to transport a weapon that is both concealed and readily accessible to any occupant of the vehicle. But this begs questions of what “readily accessible” means. (What if it’s in a locked glove compartment? Under a back seat? What if the car doesn’t have a separate trunk? Etc.)
 
No matter where you live or what permits you have, it is critically important to know what to do if you get pulled over while transporting a weapon. For everyone’s safety, an individual must—MUST—immediately notify an officer of the presence of a weapon in the vehicle.
 
The above is an overview of some of the basic NC/SC laws governing weapons transport. The laws further specify rules for hunters and fishermen, motorcyclists, etc. If you are a weapons owner or are considering purchasing a weapon, you should familiarize yourself with all of the details for your state and for out-of-state travel.

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