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Understanding SC’s Constitutional Carry Law impacts on Clemson University property


On March 7, 2024, Governor Henry McMaster signed into law H. 3594, which authorizes individuals who are not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm, to legally possess a firearm openly or concealed without training and without a concealed weapons permit issued by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

While the law brings significant changes to individuals in the state, the impacts to the University are limited, as many of the previous provisions around college campuses and events remain in place. The following addresses some basic questions about the law’s impact on Clemson University.

Can I carry a firearm on Clemson University property?
No. It is unlawful for any person to possess a firearm of any kind on any premises or property owned, operated or controlled by a college or university, including Clemson University.

Can I have a firearm in my vehicle on Clemson University property?
Yes, when the following conditions are met:

  • The firearm must remain inside an attended or locked motor vehicle.


  • The firearm must be secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.

Can I carry a firearm at Clemson University athletic events?
No. It is unlawful for anyone to carry a firearm into a college athletic event unless otherwise specifically authorized by law.

Can I have my personal firearm in a University-owned vehicle?
The law allows employers to determine whether or not to allow their employees to carry firearms in employer-owned vehicles, machinery or equipment. For Clemson University, employees may NOT have a personal firearm in any University-owned vehicles, machinery or equipment.

If you have any specific questions about the new law and its application on University properties, please contact the Clemson University Police Department at 864-656-2222.