The following information on Open Carry -State Laws was received by one of the board members of South Carolina carry from the South Carolina Senate Judiciary committee.
Open Carry – State Laws
3 states (California, Florida, and Illinois) prohibit the carrying of any firearm openly in public. Another 2 states (New York and South Carolina) prohibit the open carrying of a handgun, but not a long gun, and another 3 states (Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Jersey) prohibit the open carrying of a long gun, but not a handgun. In the remaining states, the open carrying of firearms is generally allowed, although some states require the person to first obtain a permit or license. Open carry laws frequently have exceptions. In states that allow open carrying, many still prohibit open carrying in specific locations such as schools, state-owned businesses, places where alcohol is served, and on public transportation, among other locations.
Open Carrying of Handguns:
5 states (California, Florida, Illinois New York, and South Carolina) prohibit the open carrying of handguns in public places. 31 states allow the open carrying of a handgun without any license or permit, although in some cases the gun must be unloaded. 15 states require some form of license or permit in order to openly carry a handgun
States that Prohibit Open Carrying of Handguns:
District of Columbia
States that Require a Permit or License to Openly Carry Handguns:
States that Otherwise Restrict the Open Carrying of Handguns:
Open Carrying of Long Guns:
6 states (California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Jersey) generally ban the open carrying of long guns (rifles and shotguns). In the 44 remaining states, openly carrying a long gun is legal, although in 3 of these states (Iowa, Tennessee and Utah) the long gun must be unloaded. In addition, Virginia and Pennsylvania limit the ability to openly carry long guns in certain cities. In a majority of states, it is legal for an individual to openly carry a loaded firearm in public without a permit.
States that Prohibit Open Carrying of Long Guns:
District of Columbia
States that Restrict, But Do Not Prohibit, the Open Carrying of Long Guns: