CWP Classes & Firearms Training Serving the Greater Columbia, SC Area
In 2019, SLED launched a new CWP application processing system that will allow applicants for a NEW SC CWP to begin the application online and set up an appointment at an available IdentoGo site. At the IdentoGo site they can submit their CWP application documentation and have their fingerprints taken and sent to SLED electronically. SLED will continue to process all submitted applications received from the IdentoGo appointments made online and any applications made by mail.
The following gun brands or models are not permitted for use. No Hi-Point, no Lorcin, no Standard Arms, no Jennings, no Bryco, no JimenezArms, no Charter Arms, no Rohm, no AMT .380 Backup, and no SCCY.
Yes, you have one chance to retry the shooting qualification after you have attained the skillsets required to qualify. There is a $25 fee for this service. In order to pass the CWP shooting qualification, the student needs to exhibit proficiency in handling and operating a handgun as well as score 70% with a standard B27 target.
Firearms and ammo are only included in Firearms Safety & Shooting Fundamentals. All other classes have firearms available to rent. Please indicate you need a rental upon enrollment if possible.
Gift certificates that are purchased never expire.
SC CWP & The Concealed Lifestyle typically runs from 8:00am to 5:30pm including a 30 minute break for lunch. Safe Family Defense covers much more material than the average local CWP class. That is what sets this class apart from the rest. Unlike other classes you may find, SC CWP & The Concealed Lifestyle actually prepares you for the concealed carry lifestyle and is why it may be longer than other classes. At times, range traffic and other unforeseen circumstances may cause the class time to go a tad over.
Under normal circumstances, Safe Family Defense does not issue refunds. If at least five (5) days notice is given, you can reschedule to a different class. Tuition is transferable to someone else if you are unable to make the class. Please contact us to process a transfer.
If you are retired from a law enforcement agency and have not maintained any type of certification or commission; or used to be a law enforcement officer who completed a state or federal training academy, you only need to complete the legal aspects portion of the CWP training by a certified South Carolina CWP instructor. You are only required to submit a copy of your LEO training certificate with your application to qualify. Also, you are exempt from paying the $50 fee. A listing of instructors is available on the SLED website under the Concealed Weapons Permit Program tab. If you still maintain a retired (HR-218) certification, you are exempt from training and are also exempt from the processing fee.
There is no longer an application fee. This was abolished when the Open Carry law was passed.
Pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. § 23-31-210(5), “Concealable weapon,” means a firearm having a length of less than twelve inches measured along its greatest dimension that must be carried in a manner that is hidden from public view in normal wear of clothing except when needed for self-defense, defense of others, and the protection of real or personal property. Tasers, pepper spray, and/or any other weapon not included in the definition above are not regulated by SLED.
Retired/former military members must complete only the legal aspects portion of the CWP training by a certified South Carolina CWP instructor. A listing of instructors is available on the SLED website, which is under the Concealed Weapons Permit Program tab. You are only required to submit a copy of your (DD 214) along with your application to qualify
In accordance with S.C. Code Ann. 23-31-210(g), members of the National Guard are exempt from the CWP Training; however, proof of current military service is required to be submitted along with the application as well as the following required items:
SLED Regulatory Services
Attn: CWP/SCNGPO Box 21398Columbia, S.C. 29221