Press release for South Carolina Carry board of directors


July 24, 2018


South Carolina Carry Board Elects New President and Vice President


Greenville, SC - The South Carolina Carry, Inc. (SC Carry) board of directors elected Sherra Scott as the board president and James Moffitt as vice-president during their June board meeting.


Scott was chosen by the board for her dedication to firearms education, safety, belief in preserving firearms rights for law abiding citizens, and her previous experience on nonprofit boards. She is co-owner of Sandhill Shooting Sports, LLC, a shooting range in Lugoff, South Carolina, a firearms instructor, wife, and mother.


Moffitt is a lifelong advocate of gun rights and brings as well IT and social media skills. He is a former law enforcement officer and shooting sports enthusiast. James is also the founder of Palmetto Concealed Carry which encourages law abiding gun owners in South Carolina to pursue their CWP training and to adopt a personal or family self defense plan.

South Carolina Carry, Inc. is a grassroots gun advocacy and education 501(c) (4) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms within South Carolina. For more information about South Carolina Carry, Inc. visit

Colorado home owner shot by police

Homeowner shot by police

I lived in Aurora, Colo., when I was a reserve deputy sheriff in the Arapahoe County sheriff’s Department in the 1970s. I cringe, when I recall how little real training we, or even the full-time deputies, had for shooting situations. About all there was, was the Motorola Shoot-Don’t Shoot videos.

WIS-TV is reporting on the fatal shooting by police of a Colorado resident who apparently had just shot an intruder in his home. The WIS-TV story is here

This is a good example why we responsibly-armed gun owners MUST think through a shooting situation. Not only the preparation (weapon, ammo, mindset), but exactly what we are going to do afterwards.

Without knowing what transpired when officers arrived, all we can do is plan what WE would do.

Do YOU know what to do, to keep from getting shot by arriving officers?

First of all, it would be good NOT to go to the front door with a firearm in your hand. Put the firearm down in a safe, visible place with the action open and pointed away from arriving officers.


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Government Training Institute is a new corporate sponsor

Hal Marvin and I spent some time at Government Training Institute in Barnwell SC this morning. I am proud to announce a mutual sponsorship between both of our organizations. GTI provides force on force training to government agencies on the Federal and state levels at their facilities. SWAT teams and police depts from all over the US go to their facilities to train. 

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Stand your ground case in Florida

The recent fatal shooting in Florida that involves a Stand Your Ground (SYG) defense deserves careful inspection and reflection for anyone who carries a concealed firearm. On July 19, 2018 Britany Jacobs parked her car in a handicapped space at a convenience store in Clearwater, and Markeis McGlockton and their son went into the store.

Michael Drejka had an issue with Jacobs parking in the handicapped spot without a handicap placard or special license plate and approached the driver’s side of the car.

When McGlockton exited the store, he walked directly up to Drejka and shoved him violently backwards. Drejka fell to the ground. Drejka was legally armed, drew his firearm and fired one shot.

To this point there seems to be little in dispute.


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Press Release on Santa Fe Shooting

South Carolina Carry Statement on Santa Fe, TX– South Carolina Carry releases the following statement with regards to the tragic shooting at the high school in Santa Fe, Texas:

Everyone at South Carolina Carry grieves with those who lost loved ones. Our prayers go out to families of those affected. It’s heartbreaking to see innocent lives lost.

Sadly, the media is focused on this shooting, and they continue to do so because they will use it to advance their gun control agenda. Some outlets are continuing to cite a false number of mass shootings in 2018, which was refuted by The Washington Post after the tragic Parkland shooting.

This kid used his father's shotgun and .38 revolver. What form of gun control does the left have in mind this time? Isn’t it time to recognize the real problem? Schools are an example of a gun free zone that provides little to no security for our children.

Unfortunately the media ignores the root cause of these mass shootings.
Most are being performed by kids that have been bullied by classmates in
school and in social media. The shooter in Santa Fe was bullied by the school staff. Another issue is parents are not
keeping their firearms out of the reach of their kids. In most of these
cases the firearms were within easy access of the shooter.

The mainstream media has ignored potential mass shootings that were stopped by armed personnel, such as the school resource officers who stopped shooters in Maryland and Illinois.

South Carolina Carry remains firmly committed to protecting our Second Amendment rights. We will continue to urge Congress to pass the ‘Safe Students Act’ to repeal gun-free schools and continue to work with legislators in South Carolina to pass legislation which will reduce gun free zones, provide better security including Allowing schools a
to use armed personnel.allow teachers to carry and pass an open carry bill.

Greenville Gun Ordinance Opined Invalid by Attorney General

In an opinion released last week, the Attorney General determined that a Greenville City ordinance purporting to regulate the possession of firearms is most likely invalid. The ordinance (Sec. 24-264 of Greenville City Ordinances) prohibits the carrying of loaded or assembled rifles and shotguns within the city limits of Greenville.


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NYS SAFE Act -- UnSAFE for Civil Liberties in any state.

Greetings fellow SCCarry members:
My wife and I moved here from New York State in February.  We couldn’t be happier.  When folks ask why we moved here, we tell them that we did not move for the weather (though that’s a plus) — we moved for the 2nd Amendment.  One of the first things I did after arriving was to join SCCarry, after talking to a member during a “2 Gun Shoot” at  Richard Belmore and Kelly Armenta’s Salem Gun & Archery Club.
For those of us who have lived in places like New York State or California — we appreciate the freedom we enjoy in South Carolina.  But we can’t afford to be smug.  The anti-rights forces in New York and California, et al, are working to extend their reach.      
For example, New York State's badly named SAFE Act is unSAFE when it comes to civil liberties.  It denies due process.  This fact is never mentioned by Governor Cuomo or elected state officials — purposeful ignorance.  Better to appear to just focus on the 2nd Amendment rather than let people know you’re also going after the 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th Amendments.
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Challenging Your CWP Denial

Challenging Your CWP Denial

It’s a sinking feeling. You spend a day in class learning about the law. You pass the shooting test with flying colors. You roll your fingerprints without hesitation knowing that you’re a “good guy” and send your CWP application off to SLED with your hard earned money. You wait. It’s hard, but everyone tells you to expect 90 days. As the three months come to a close a letter arrives from SC SLED!

Concealed Weapons Permit Denial Notice

“This will acknowledge receipt of your Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) application and to notify you of the denial of your application.” To say this is a let down is an understatement. Understandably you are left feeling confused and frustrated.

You of course jump to the personalized box of the form letter hoping to learn why you were denied. SC SLED provides: “More Specifically, your application was denied for the following reason(s):” and then states exactly why SLED did not see fit to issue you a permit.

What next?

Now is not the time for despair. Fortunately, there are actions that can be taken to overcome the rejection.

First, you need to understand why you were rejected. Many times this relates to some event in your past, but sometimes SLED makes a mistake. If an event in your past, you must collect all the information you can on that event.

Second, you should determine if this event possibly denies you the right to own a firearm. If so, then you have more serious problems and need to address a restoration of your firearm rights first. (provide appropriate link.)

Third, consider your options to either overcome the objection by SLED or to remove / mitigate the event from your record.

If the denial does not relate to an event in your past, but rather is a SLED (or another agency) mistake, then we consider how to correct the misidentification or other mistake. This still requires investigation and updating the appropriate agency.

How can I help you?

A good attorney can help you address these three stages. I can examine what happened in your past, research the effects on your gun rights, and tell you how to redress that damage. Sometimes it is as simple as providing additional information to SLED and explaining the history of the event. Other times we will have to restore firearm rights before reapplying to SLED. Either way, I can help you determine what steps are necessary and help you achieve those steps.

So if you have received your CWP Denial Notice, do not hesitate to reach out for assistance. And if you know someone who is suffering from a denial, please point them my way. The right to self defense is too important and fundamental to ignore.

rebuttal to Holster Dangerous Gun Laws article

Is this utter ignorance or intentional lying and fear mongering by the writer who chose to leave the piece nameless? You can read the article here. 

Let's debunk his claims:

First, the writer claims this bill would allow untrained people to carry guns down Kings St. or at the Battery in Charleston. 
Those people are already carrying guns untrained. They are called criminals and thugs. 


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How to avoid negligent discharge

How to Avoid Negligent Discharges

For the second time that morning, I had admonished the student to keep his finger straight and off the trigger, unless his sights were on the target.

Once again, I explained to him why it was important and he told me he understood. As I turned to walk down the shooting line, the student holstered his striker-fired pistol and shot himself in the thigh. Fortunately, it was not a serious injury, only an 8-inch gouge. His first words to me as I began giving first aid, were, “I’m sorry. It was an accident.”

Recently, a group of guys were filming a music video. For some reason, one of them decided he would put an “unloaded” gun to his head and pull the trigger. He shot himself in the head and was dead on the spot. In reporting this tragedy, the news referred to it as a “shooting accident.”

Let’s be really clear about this: For our purposes, an accident is something that occurs, usually resulting in damage or injury, and is completely beyond our control. Being struck by lightning, for example, might qualify as an accident. Negligence, on the other hand, is an incident within our control that often causes damage or injury, but it could have been avoided had we been paying attention.

Both of the incidents I cited above are examples of gross negligence—not accidents. In fact, most cases of a firearm discharging unintentionally are properly called a “negligent discharge,” although I suspect people prefer to use the term accident because it somehow implies no one was really at fault. It also opens the door to being able to claim there was probably something wrong with the gun. In fact, this sort of thinking is no different than the anti-gun crowd blaming an object, instead of a person, for a crime. Fortunately, negligent discharges don’t occur often, but that is not much consolation if you are the victim of the negligence.

I suspect the main reason novice shooters experience negligent discharges is because they try to do too much, too fast. They buy a gun they don’t really understand and they immediately set out to start handling it the same way they see some experienced shooter performing on TV. In my younger days, cowboy fast draw was all the rage, and it was not uncommon to hear of some neophyte whose trigger finger was faster than his draw. This generally resulted in a bullet hole somewhere in the lower part of his anatomy. When dealing with loaded firearms, instant gratification should not be a goal.

The second pitfall for new shooters is the failure to get professional training. Folks have a tendency to assume we should learn to shoot the same way our dads and granddads did—by doing it. After all, this is America, isn’t it? While there are a number of excellent firearms training facilities around the country, some folks think they are just too expensive. Often overlooked are the excellent classes offered by the National Rifle Association that can be taken at a very reasonable cost. Professional gun training is a shortcut to efficient, safe gun handling, usually without the expense of stitches, Band-Aids and potential hospital bills.

Just to be fair, we have to realize experienced shooters can also be guilty of negligent discharges. It is the rare police station that doesn’t have a hole or two in the ceiling, a wall or some other place where bullet holes should not be. The same can be said for some shooting ranges and hunting lodges.

I think the main reason negligent discharges occur with experienced shooters is because the shooter has handled guns for so long, he no longer truly believes they are dangerous. It is the same sort of complacency that causes farmers to get hurt with chain saws and tractors, or ranchers to get gored by their cattle or kicked by that gentle horse. A little bit of fear is a good thing.



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