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3660Ratification Number: 478Act Number: 432Introducing Body: HouseSubject: Relating to the procedure for the issuance of permits to carry a pistol
(A432, R478, H3660)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 23-31-120, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE PROCEDURE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS TO CARRY A PISTOL, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE APPLICANT FOR A PERMIT TO SUBMIT A SET OF FINGERPRINTS TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Subsection (b) of Section 23-31-120 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Section 13, Part II, of Act 466 of 1982, is further amended to read:
"(b) The division shall conduct an investigation of the applicant as it considers necessary to determine his qualifications to obtain a permit. All applicants shall successfully demonstrate to the chief of the division or his designee their proficiency in both the use of pistols and the state laws pertaining thereto or complete a training course conducted by the division to insure that the applicant is competent in the use, safety techniques, and legal responsibilities related to the carrying and use of weapons prior to the issuance of a permit. The applicant shall submit to the division, on a form provided by it, a complete set of fingerprints. If the applicant is found at that time not to be qualified for a permit and requests training, a fee of fifty dollars must be charged by the division for the training and must be paid to the division to be used to defray the cost of training. Any person determined by the chief of the division to have had sufficient training from other sources or, upon examination by the chief of the division or his designee, to be proficient in both the use of pistols and the state laws relating thereto, is not required to complete the training course. Fees and renewals for permits are thirty dollars payable to the division to defray the cost of issuing the permits and renewals. The permits are valid for two years. The chief of the division shall establish procedures for application for permits, the testing of applicants, and the issuance of permits and shall promulgate regulations therefor."
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.