Before requesting the return of a firearm, please understand these restrictions:
The Gun Control Act (GCA), codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), makes it unlawful for certain categories of persons to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition, to include any person:
* Convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
* Who is a fugitive from justice;
* Who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, codified at 21 U.S.C. § 802);
* Who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution;
* Who is an illegal alien;
* Who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
* Who has renounced his or her United States citizenship;
* Who is subject to a court order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner; or
* Who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
The GCA at 18 U.S.C. § 922(n) also makes it unlawful for any person under indictment for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year to ship, transport, or receive firearms or ammunition.
Further, a firearm cannot be returned if an offender is involved, and charges are pending on the offender, until the case is disposed. SC Code of Laws 16-23-50.
If a firearm is involved in a suicide investigation, the firearm can only be returned after one year following the incident. Proof of ownership is required.
Please be sure to submit a case number and/or serial number in your request, and only submit one request per firearm.
The returns process can take as long as 30 business days to complete assuming that the below form is as fully completed as possible and, there are no legal complications (above).
Check the below box that you have read and understand these rules and conditions.