Firearms Trace Data: South Carolina - 2020

Data Source: Firearms Tracing System

January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

 

Contents

  1. ATF Firearms Trace Data Disclaimer
  2. Table: Total Number of Firearms Recovered and ​Traced in South Carolina in Calendar Year 2020
  3. Table: Firearm Types with a South Carolina Recovery
  4. Table: Top Calibers Reported on Firearm Traces with a South Carolina Recovery
  5. Table: Top Categories Reported on Firearm Traces with a South Carolina Recovery
  6. Table: Top 15 Source States for Firearms​ with a South Carolina Recovery
  7. Table: Time-To-Crime Rates for Firearms​ with a South Carolina Recovery
  8. Table: Age of Possessors for Firearms​ with a South Carolina Recovery
  9. Table: Top Recovery Cities for Firearms with a South Carolina Recovery
  10. Analytical Criteria Used to Compile the Enclosed Statistics

 

ATF Firearms Trace Data Disclaimer

Firearm traces are designed to assist law enforcement authorities in conducting investigations by tracking the sale and possession of specific firearms. Law enforcement agencies may request firearms traces for any reason, and those reasons are not necessarily reported to the federal government. Not all firearms used in crime are traced and not all firearms traced are used in crime.

Firearms selected for tracing are not chosen for purposes of determining which types, makes or models of firearms are used for illicit purposes. The firearms selected do not constitute a random sample and should not be considered representative of the larger universe of all firearms used by criminals, or any subset of that universe. Firearms are normally traced to the first retail seller, and sources reported for firearms traced do not necessarily represent the sources or methods by which firearms in general are acquired for use in crime.

 

Total Number of Firearms Recovered and Traced in South Carolina in Calendar Year 2020

9,343

 

Firearm Types with a South Carolina Recovery

January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Pistols 6,951
Revolvers 901
Rifles 886
Shotguns 529
Derringers 43
Destructive Devices 9
Other* 24

* Other includes Receivers/Frames, Machineguns, Unknown Types, Combinations, an Any Other Weapon and a Silencer.

 

Top Calibers Reported on Firearm Traces ​with a South Carolina Recovery

January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
9mm 3,682
.40 Cal 1,126
.380 Cal 885
.22 Cal 699
.45 Cal 541
12GA 400
.38 Cal 399
7.62mm 215
.357 Cal 192
5.56mm 190

NOTE: There were 929 additional traces that were associated with other calibers.​ There were 85 traces with an unknown caliber.

 

Top Categories Reported on Firearm Traces with a South Carolina Recovery

January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Firearm Under Investigation 1,569
Weapon Offense 1,475
Possession of Weapon 1,224
Dangerous Drugs 1,064
Found Firearm 1,038
Carrying Concealed Weapon 424
Family Offense 339
Property Crimes 273
Traffic Offense 265
Aggravated Assault 244

NOTE: There were 1,428 additional traces that were associated with other categories. 

* A homicide category was reported on 229 traces.

 

Top 15 Source States for Firearms with a South Carolina Recovery

January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
South Carolina 6,279
North Carolina 390
Georgia 366
Florida 130
Virginia 83
Tennessee 75
Alabama 65
Texas 59
Ohio 49
Pennsylvania 45
Kentucky 42
New York 31
West Virginia 29
California 28
Mississippi 25

NOTE: An additional 34 states accounted for 273 other traces. The source state was identified in 7,969 total traces.

 

Time-To-Crime Rates for Firearms​ with a South Carolina Recovery

January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Under 3 Months 1,138
3 Months to Under 7 Months 944
7 Months to Under 1 Year 611
1 Year to Under 2 Years 932
2 Years to Under 3 Years 714
3 Years and Over 3,560

1/1/2020-12/31/2020 South Carolina Average Time-to-Crime: 5.93 Years

1/1/2020-12/31/2020 National Average Time-to-Crime: 7.01 Years

 

Age of Possessors for Firearms with a South Carolina Recovery

January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
17 and Under 218
18 to 21 898
22 to 24 839
25 to 30 1,301
31 to 40 1,285
41 to 50 659
Over 50 539

1/1/2020-12/31/2020 South Carolina Average Age of Possessor: 33 Years

1/1/2020-12/31/2020 National Average Age of Possessor: 34 Years

 

Top Recovery Cities for Firearms with a South Carolina Recovery

January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Columbia 1,684
North Charleston 736
Spartanburg 511
Summerville 386
Charleston 382
Rock Hill 341
Conway 266
Myrtle Beach 228
Sumter 197
Beaufort 163

NOTE: There were 254 additional municipalities that accounted for 4,444 other traces. The recovery city could not be determined for five traces.

 

Analytical Criteria Used to Compile the Enclosed Statistics

Total Number of Firearms Recovered and Traced

  • Includes traces with a recovery state of South Carolina. Traces in which the recovery state was not provided were included when the requesting agency state was equal to South Carolina.​
  • Includes Firearms Recovered and Traced between 1/1/2020 – 12/31/2020 or, if the recovery date was blank, firearms with trace entry dates between 1/1/2020 – 12/31/2020.
  • Duplicate traces, Firearms Not Recovered, Gun Buyback and Firearms Turned In are not included in this figure.​
  • Data was extracted from the Firearms Tracing System (FTS) on April 12, 2021.​
  • All traces may not have been submitted or completed at the time of this study.​

Firearm Types and Calibers with a South Carolina Recovery

  • Includes same criteria as Total Number of Firearms Recovered and Traced.

Top Categories Reported on Firearm Traces with a South Carolina Recovery

  • Includes same criteria as Total Number of Firearms Recovered and Traced. Beginning in CY 2010, attempted homicide, attempted suicide and negligent vehicular manslaughter are reported in separate categories.

Top Source States for Firearms with a South Carolina Recovery​

  • Includes same criteria as Total Number of Firearms Recovered and Traced.
  • Traces must identify a purchaser and the state in which the final dealer is located.

Time-to-Crime Rates for Firearms with a South Carolina Recovery

  • Includes same criteria as Total Number of Firearms Recovered and Traced.
  • Traces must identify a purchaser.
  • Time-to-Crime was calculated for those traces in which the purchase date could be subtracted ​from the recovery date.

Age of Possessors for Firearms with a South Carolina Recovery

  • Includes same criteria as Total Number of Firearms Recovered and Traced.
  • Includes traces that provide a possessor and the possessor’s date of birth.
  • Possessor’s age is calculated by subtracting the possessor’s date of birth from the recovery date.

Top Recovery Cities for Firearms with a South Carolina Recovery

  • Includes same criteria as Total Number of Firearms Recovered and Traced.
  • Includes traces with a recovery city or, if the recovery city was not provided, traces requested by agencies with jurisdiction only within that city.

 

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Last Reviewed November 22, 2021