If the abuser's handgun is taken away, what will happen to it?
If someone is convicted for using a handgun in violation of the prohibitions in the state's handgun law, the handgun can be taken away from the abuser and given to the local chief of police or the county sheriff. The law enforcement agency that gets the gun can store it, use it, give it to another agency for use, trade it for another gun with a licensed firearms dealer, or destroy it. However, this can happen only after all legal proceedings related to the handgun have been completed.* If the agency needs to store the gun, it may be kept in their evidence room.
* S.C. Code § 16-23-50(B)