Police: Man lawfully carried unloaded firearm near Confederate statue at the Battery

Police: Man lawfully carried unloaded firearm near Confederate statue at the Battery
(Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department has responded to inquiries regarding a man reportedly carrying a firearm near the Confederate statue on the Battery Sunday.

According to Charleston Police, the man was lawfully carrying the weapon for a short period of time. Police say the person had the gun displayed the evening before.

Officers checked the weapon and found that it was not loaded, and the person eventually put the weapon in his car without incident.

Although pursuant to S.C. Code § 16-23-20 open carrying of handguns is prohibited by state law there is no such prohibition against open carrying of rifles and shotguns.

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