CWP laws can cause trouble across SC, GA lines - FOX Carolina 21

CWP laws can cause trouble across SC, GA lines

Posted: Updated:
Examples of Utah and South Carolina CWP permits. (File/FOX Carolina) Examples of Utah and South Carolina CWP permits. (File/FOX Carolina)
BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Want to carry a concealed weapon in 40 states? David Blanton with Top Gun Shooting in Boiling Springs said there is an easy to way to do it - legally.

Blanton is a certified concealed weapon permit instructor not only in South Carolina, but he is also certified to teach the Utah non-resident permit class. Blanton said anyone who has both an SC and UT permit can carry in all but 10 states. 

He said the Utah permit also allows you to carry a concealed weapon in neighboring Georgia.

"If you get pulled over in Georgia and they discover you have a weapon on you, you've committed a felony," said Blanton of those with only a SC CWP.

Blanton said each state decides whether or not to honor another state's CWP. The Georgia Department of Public Safety said their state does not honor the SC CWP but does honor the Utah permit.

The GDPS said they don't honor the SC CWP because South Carolina does not honor the Georgia CWP.

"Our laws say we will consider agreements with states that have equal or better training than ours," said Blanton.

Blanton said the Utah CWP class consists of four hours of classroom instruction and filling out paperwork. Blanton says after paying for the state fees the cost of a Utah CWP is around $125.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office told FOX Carolina even if you do have both an SC and UT permit, it's always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the gun laws of any state you plan to travel to.

Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.