News Section: Updated August 4, 2016

Herb's Notes: Updated May 9, 2017


NRA Enborsement


The GOSC Annual Meeting will be held on November 19, 2017. Post cards will be mailed out to members. Please see information below.



We are in the process of setting a date for the annual meeting. Please check back periodically for more information.    

We are currently trying to update our software and working on a technical problem with hardware. If you are joining or renewing your membership please send the form listed in the membership header above, print out form, fill out and mail to GOSC Post Office Box 326 Prosperity, SC 29127 with your payment. (Please note this will be a temporary address change but we will try to process your request in a timely manner. 

At some point when the technical issues have been resolved we will put up another notice for the new mailing address. 

If you have any questions please email GOSCmembership@gmail.com or lmgs@sc.rr.com and we will try to help assist you. If you have already sent the form with your payment and waiting for your membership card please give us a week while we are working on these problems. If you have not received your card please send a friendly reminder so we can research and rectify the problem quickly. 

Thanks for your assistance and patience while we are working through this process to update, streamline the workflow. 



 Local shooters from the Newberry Junior Pistol Club traveled to Anniston Al  the first weekend of August for the US Junior Olympic P P P Pistol Championship and the NRA National Air Gun Championship. The three day competition was a dual venue competition with the east coast competitors shooting in Anniston Al and the west coast competitors shooting at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs Colorado. Regional and National Champions were declared.

 The team from Newberry included Carrie Haltiwanger, Taylor Martin and Clarrissa Haltiwanger. They represented a mixed team with Carrie and Taylor shooting international standing and Clarrissa shooting basic supported. The team turned in an outstanding 2 day total of 2171 points , winning the Regional and National Gold Medals for the mixed teams category. The second and third place teams scored 2083 points and 1943 points respectively. Carrie was able to take gold in the regional individual championship with Taylor right behind her taking silver. Only 3 points separated the two going into the finals. On the national level Carrie took individual bronze with Taylor finishing 4th.  Clarrissa was able to win Silver in the individual regional basic supported championship and Bronze in the national individual championship. Clarrissa was also named Sub Junior Regional Champion at the NRA Air Gun championship that followed the US Junior Olympic PPP Championship.

 This outstanding performance is a follow up of the great shooting that Carrie and Taylor accomplished at the US National Junior Olympic Competition back in April where Carrie won Bronze in international air pistol and finished a strong 4th in 22 cal sport pistol , only 2 points out of a medal. Talor was able to finish a strong 5th, only 2 points behind Carrie in sport pistol and a great 8th place finish in air pistol. 

Coaches Ben Blanton and Shawn Martin are very proud of the girls and their outstanding performances. Anyone interested in participating with or supporting The Newberry Junior Pistol Club can contact us through our Facebook page or call Head Coach Ben Blanton at 803-924-4694.

Due to changes with web hosting company the following email addresses have been temporarily deleted:


Please use the following email addresses to contact until the above listd emails are up and working again.

President: lmgs@sc.rr.com
Webmaster: dbobbphotos@icloud.com

Thanks and sorry for any inconvenience.


Please be advised, if you have renewed or just joined GOSC and have not received your membership card we are having difficulty with a local post office with mail being put in the outside box. Several personal letters along with GOSC mail has been lost and never delivered.

If you have joined or renewed in the last several months and have not received your new card and patch, please e-mail the President of GOSC and give him the information such as your membership number and approximately when you mailed it and when your check was deposited in the GOSC account.  If you renewed, your number will remain the same, and a new card will be issued along with your patch.  New members will be issued a card and patch.  We have contacted the Postal Service regarding this problem and are awaiting a reply from them.

Also, we have received calls from members stating that GOSC was not listed as a member of CMP.  If you are searching for our membership, we are not listed in the regular listings.  We are listed in the State Associations and we are currently a member and have already renewed for next year.


Please check out Herbs Notes, he has a lot of information on 2017 NRA Bylaw Amenments, the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibit in Atlanta, the loss of a legend and FONRA 25th anniversary!

Click Here


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It is with heavy heart that the Gun Owners of SC is informing it’s members of a great loss.

Patricia “Patty” Clark, who is a member of GOSC and a very instrumental part of the association was involved in a vehicle accident and passed away. Patty worked with the Women’s program and travelled the state promoting gun safety. For more information please click here . Please keep her and her family in your prayers. 


The GOSC Annual Meeting will be held on November 20, 2016. Post cards will be mailed out to members. Please see information below.


PLEASE check your membership card to see if it is expired. We are currently in the process of updating our membership roster and will be getting more information out to the members. If yours is expired or expiring soon, please go to the membership section and fill out an application for renewal and mail in. If your address or email has changed please send this information so the records can be updated.



The Newberry Couny 4-H Shotgun Club recognized GOSC for their contributions to their program for the 2015-2016 Club Year


US JR Olympic PPP National Championship

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Click on picture for news article.


We regret to inform you that Gordon Towe Sr. a great Second Amendment Defender has left the range!

Gordon a past GO-SC board member, served in the Army as a paratrooper, was an aviator for years, Life member of the NRA, past president of Polk county Gun Club, shot many different disciplines, and a true Southern Gentleman. For those of us that had the pleasure of knowing Gordon he will be missed but his legacy will always be remembered each time I hear a shot or smell Winchester 231 at the range. 

Thank You Neil Beers Jr



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GOSC Endorses Mark Humphreville for 
NRA Board of Directors

During our recent 2015 annual meeting, the members of Gun Owners of South Carolina unanimously voted to endorse Mark K. Humphreville of Aiken, S. C. for election to the NRA Board of Directors. Mark is a life member of GOSC with distinguished records of professional and personal service. He will be on the 2016 NRA Board ballot. Read his biographical information in the ballot issue of your NRA magazine, and vote to elect Mark to the NRA Board of Directors in 2016. 


Notice: The President of GOSC would like you support the SC Department of Natural Resources in their endeavor to purchase a range in lower Richland County. Please read the letter below and please try to attend the meeting in support of this project.

A copy of this letter can be downloaded and printed in the NEWS section of this website.


Any communications for the Secretary should be sent to:

Jackie Haltiwanger
1754 Wheeland School Rd.
Little Mountain, SC 29075

Note change in email address for the Secretary-Treasurer


The GOSC Annual Meeting will be on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Little Mountain Gun & Supply, 309 Mill Street, Little Mountain, SC 29075. (Note: GPS address is 445 Mill Street)

Call: 803.345.5761 if more details or information needed.


S.C. AG Wilson slams Columbia’s emergency gun ban in opinion

Gun Owners of South Carolina challenged the City of Columbia’s “Emergency Ordinance for the Temporary Ban of Weapons Within a Two Hundred Fifty (250) feet Area Surrounding The South Carolina State House Grounds” based on South Carolina pre-emption law  §23-31-510.

The President of GOSC requested an Attorney General’s opinion which was furthered by a State Senator. This request was made on July 16, 2015 and an opinion was issued on Monday July 20, 2015 by The SC Attorney General’s Office. 

To view a copy of the opinion please click the link below.

Copy of opinion:  

The President stated that he recommended that all members of GOSC print and retain a copy of this opinion as a tool to prevent any local government who tries to regulate the carrying or use of firearms.


Local Youths Score Silver and Bronze at National Championship Click here for story

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This week over 130 youths from all over the US gathered in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the 2015 US Junior Olympic Pistol Championship.The Newberry Junior Pistol Club had 3 shooters competing. They had a great showing in both air and 22 sport pistol. Carrie Haltiwanger and Taylor Martin started with the 22 sport pistol competition where they were both able to shoot their personal best scores. This was quite an accomplishment for Carrie since she was plagued with repeated malfunctions with her pistol. Carrie finished 11th and Taylor took 12th in the J2 category. They were joined by Brianna Kinard to compete in air pistol. The girls delivered impressive performances with Brianna finishing 34th overall and 13th in the J1 category. Carrie was able to take 18th and Taylor was able to finish 23rd in the J2 category. This was the largest number of competitors ever at the competition, and the scores were record breaking. The girls were accompanied by their coaches Ben Blanton and Shawn Martin who were both impressed with the scores the girls posted. We would all like to give special thanks to Gun Owners of SC, Midstate Dove & Quail and Stokes Trainor Chevrolet for their financial help in making this trip possible.


Pictured Left to Right. Brianna Kinard, Carrie Haltiwanger, Taylor Martin, Ben Blanton Coach.

Three shooters from Newberry Junior Pistol Club will be traveling to Colorado Springs for the 2015 US Jr Olympics on April 24th through the 29th. Brianna Kinard will be competing in air pistol. Carrie Haltiwanger and Taylor Martin will be competing in air pistol and .22 cal. sport pistol. This is made possible by the generous support and financial assistance by the Gun Owners of South Carolina. 


GOSC assisted the Newberry Shotgun Team with a monetary contribution. The Shotgun Team also held an awards ceremony for the young shooters.


The Citadel Pistol Team was second behind Ohio State at the National Collegiate Pistol Championships at Fort Benning, GA last week (22-26 March). 

Ohio State is attracting the top juniors that are outshooting most college shooters since they have been shooting longer because of a new Progressive Position Air Pistol Program. It starts kids at 7 years old shooting two handed from the bench until they can stand and shoot one handed with counter balance support then one handed unsupported. The PPAP shooters go to a national championship each summer.

We are familar with the PPAP program in SC since we have had one in Newberry since it began over 10 years ago. Sean Blanton was the first shooter to join the Citadel Pistol Team as a freshman this year with a background in PPAP.

The Citadel Team of Sean Blanton ( from Newberry), Thitiplop Phucharoen ( from Thailand), Zack Smith ( from Charleston,SC) and David Wilkinson ( from Minnisota) started the championship with the highest team core in Free Pistol that they had shot all year to take third. 

Senior Ben Moore of Rock Hill replaced Blanton for the Standard Pistol Match and the team took fourth. They were just one point behind the third place team. 

Emily Schwendinger from Virginia replaced Moore on the Air Pistol Team which earned third again with a season high team score.

Schwendinger and Wilkinson also earn All American honors. Schwendinger in Air Pistol and Wilkinson in Air, Free and Standard Pistol.

The Citadel Head Coach, Robert Patton, was honored with the NRA National Recognition for Outstanding Service to Collegiate Shooting Sport as a Pistol Coach.

In recognition fo his outstanding performance at the Collegiate Championship David Wilkinsonwas invited to represent USA at The World University Games in Early July in South Korea. He is raising money for the trip on GoFundMe. He will need at least $5,000 for the trip which doesn't include money for ammunition, targets and gas to train at a range while home for two months as well as incidentals on the trip. For more information to help and assist David please click here.


Volunteers Needed:

Volunteers are needed to assist The Boy Scouts called Trailblazer  on the BB, shotgun and .22 gun range on May 2nd at Camp Barstow. Hours will be from 9am - 4pm. If you have anyone from your club that would be able to assist, please contact Frank Price, Director of Education at: fprice@ussportsmen.org or at 614-888-4868 ext. 202. There website is: www.ussportsmen.org Any support is greatly appreciated. 


Congratulations to all our 2nd round invitees to the US JR Olympics:

Carrie Haltiwanger and Taylor Martin were invited for sport pistol.

Conrad Long was invited for air pistol.

With this latest round of invitations, we have 5 shooters receiving invitations:

Carrie Haltiwanger invited for air and sport pistol.

Taylor Martin invited for air and sport pistol.

Brianna Kinard invited for air pistol.

Valerie Long invited for air pistol.

Conrad Long invited for air pistol.



Rifle Teams received checks from GOSC during their Annual Meeting.

The Newberry Junior Rifle Team with their check from Gun Owners of South Carolina which they received at the Annual Meeting on October 4, 2014. 

The Union Stingers received a check from Gun Owners at the Annual Meeting on October 4th.


Lanford and DeBergalis Endorsed by GOSC
for 2015 NRA Board Election

GOSC Past President Herb Lanford and GOSC Life Member Joe DeBergalis were endorsed for reelection to the NRA Board of Directors during our 2014 annual meeting.  Herb and Joe have well-earned reputations as effective members of the NRA Board.  Herb chairs the NRA Clubs & Associations Committee, and Joe chairs the NRA Education & Training Committee.  GOSC urges every NRA voting member to vote for both Herb and Joe on the 2015 NRA Board election ballot.



DATE:  Saturday, October 4, 2014
TIME:  1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Little Mountain Gun & Supply, Inc. 
                     309 Mill Street, Little Mountain, SC. 
(If you will be using GPS you will need to use 445 Mill Street.)

 For further information or directions, please call (803) 945-7677 or (803) 345-5761.



Club Leadership Development On-Line Course, for more information see the links page.


Newberry competitors earned invitations to the US National Junior Olympic Pistol Championship to compete in April in Colorado Springs against the top shooters in the country. Gun Owners of South Carolina presented each with a $500 check to help with the cost of the trip. Pictured are the four that will be competing along with their coach, Ben Blanton.

All NRA Members!!!!

The NRA Endorsed Insurance Program requires thatALL NRA MEMBERS  MUST ACTIVATE  their Life and Firearms Insurance. If you have not already activated your insurance, please take the time to do so now.  This is a benefit that you do not want to lose.   The phone number you need to call is 1-877-672-3006.


Local Shooters to Compete at US Junior Olympics

Click here to read article.



Gov. Haley signing the Restaurant Carry Bill on February 11, 2014


Herb's Notes: Updated Jan. 22, 2014

News Section Updated March 6, 2014

President's Message Updated Oct. 2, 2013


If you have questions concerning your membership status, membership card, email or mailing address has changed, please contact the Secretary.


Click to view bill: Senate Bill 308 


2014 Palmetto State Marksman’s Association High Power XTC Match Schedule, click here to view dates.

2014 High Power Rifle Match Dates.
click here to view dates.


Allan Cors Endorsed by GOSC
for Re-Election to the
NRA Board of Directors

Gun Owners of South Carolina is proud to announce that during our annual meeting on September 28, 2013 our members voted unanimously to endorse NRA First Vice President Allan Cors for re-election to the NRA Board of Directors.  Allan is a key member of the NRA leadership and a strong supporter of NRA-affiliated state associations across the Nation.  He is a hunter, a competitor, a collector and a leading, effective Second Amendment advocate.  Allan will be on the 2014 Board ballot which will be sent to every NRA voting member. 


GOSC Receives Recognition for Supporting The Citadel Pistol Team

Pictures and more information in News Section 
click here to read.



The GOSC Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the classroom of Little Mountain Gun & Supply, 309 Mill Street, Little Mountain, SC.  (The GPS address will be 445 Mill Street, Little Mountain, SC.)  Phone number(s) will be (803) 945-7677 or (803) 345-5761.


FREE NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop in Columbia, S.C. 

You are invited to attend a free NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop in Columbia on Monday, August 19, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.
Dinner will be provided.

NRA-ILA Grassroots Coordinator Miranda Bond will discuss strengthening our Second Amendment rights and how you can become even more involved.

Location:  SpringHill Suites by Marriott
                  Columbia Downtown/The Vista
                  511 Lady Street
                  Columbia, SC 29201
                  Telephone:  803-978-2333

Reserve your seat:  Go to https://www.nraila.org/get-involved-locally/secure/workshop-columbia-sc.aspx to make your reservation to attend the workshop.

Make plans today to attend, and encourage your fellow SC NRA members to do so!



By Joel “Doc” Sexton

Click here to read article


Excellent editorial "Eric Holder's Stand Your Ground Squirrel".  On her web site at: 


Also appeared on the editorial page of the July 18 Spartanburg Herald Journal.


Victoria Chapman receives a $500 contribution from Jerry Stoudemire, President of GOSC

Click here for more information.


Local shooters brings home Bronze from US National Junior Olympics Click here for more information.


Delaware Calls for Assistance!

Moving from state to state (New York, Connecticut, Colorado and New York) where the left wing of their party holds the governorships and controls the legislatures, the Obama administration and their anti-Second Amendment zealots have now targeted Delaware, the home state of Vice President/Obama “gun czar” Joe Biden (whose son Beau Biden is Attorney General).  And Jim and Sarah Brady live in Lewes, Delaware.  With all of that, the anti-gun forces recognize that Delaware is a battle they can not afford to lose – for them it is an absolute “must win” and they are pulling out all of the stops.

Led by the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association (their NRA state association), Delaware’s law-abiding gun owners, hunters, shooters and Second Amendment activists have drawn a bright red line in the sand and proclaimed “This is where it stops!”

The DSSA has a long history of success, but they are now faced with the full, focused attack of the administration and its allies.  The DSSA has asked for help.

The NRA-ILA is doing all it can in Delaware, as it fights for the cause nationally and in the other 49 states.  The DSSA, an all-volunteer organization, is using every resource it has in this fight.  Imagine the impact if Delaware proves to be the anti-gunners’ “Waterloo”!

Every penny of every contribution to the DSSA’s political victory effort will go to the fight.  If you can help – regardless of the amount – please send your contribution to:

Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association
Post Office Box 1786
Wilmington, Delaware 19899


The Sportsman Channel has added another groundbreaking television show to an already impressive lineup: NRA News Cam & Co.

Check out the full article in the News section.


As Legislative Director for GOSC, I attended the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on S308 the Restaurant Carry Bill and spoke to the committee supporting the legislation along with the NRA Liaison to the South Carolina Legislature who also supported the legislation.  The Subcommittee Hearing was very smooth and orderly with 12 speakers that spoke in support of the issue with no negative speakers.  The subcommittee sent the legislation to the full judiciary committee with a favorable report to be heard on February 19, 2013.  We hope for swift action on this legislation.  If any members encounter their senator, please thank them for their continued support of this legislation.

Jerry Stoudemire
Legislative Director
President, GOSC


The President of GOSC was on a radio talk show in Greenwood at WCRS 1450am on February 13th with host Anne Eller.

Click on links below for the Audio file and YouTube file.




Click on banner above to go to the NRA Customer Club Store.

Herb's Notes Updated (good information, must read)


click here for more details.


South Carolina: 2013 Session Convenes With Pro-Gun Activity! Check out the legislative section for more information. 


SSF Official Portrait

 Sandy Froman, past President of NRA will be speaking at the Charleston Law School in Charleston, SC at noon on January 29, 2013 about Second Amendment issues.  Exact location is not known yet, however there will be signs posted at the law school. GOSC members are invited to attend.



Columbia SC (January 19, 2013) – Local Second Amendment supporters in South Carolina will join forces for a national "Guns Across America" rally to be held at state capitals across the United States on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. local time.
Click here for more information.


Check out new page on website titled: NRA Approved Matches Please check out the page for more information on this match.

===========================================NRA Press Conference December 21, 2012
Wayne LaPierre's Speech. Click here to read!


Local S.C. Shooters Take Gold and Silver in the SC State Junior Olympic Pistol Championship.
Click here for more information


The Newberry Pistol Club Junior Sharpshooters are looking for participants in their Junior Rifle Instruction program.    Click here for more information

The Annual GOSC Meeting was held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 3:00 PM at the Little Mountain Gun & Supply firearms classroom.

The Citadel Pistol Team Presented an Award to GOSC
More information in the News Section

The GOSC Bylaws were updated and approved and are listed on this website. Please click on the link above to view. Additional information will be added to the News section.

If your email or mailing address has changed, please contact the Secretary with your current information. 


House Bill 4494 Signed By The  Governor on June 29, 2012

See More in the Legislative Section

ANOTHER CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT INSTRUCTOR ARRESTED! Check out the News section for more information.

Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor Arrested
in Cherokee County by SLED after an undercover SLED officer attended the class that did not meet the requirements specified in the 
SC Code of Laws, Section 23-31-210.  See the News section for SLED's news release. Also, Check out the President's Message for additional information.

A Note from GOSC:  Remember to register and vote for your candidate of choice who will best represent your concerns and efforts. GOSC does not endorse any candidate or party for any office. 

Gun Owners of South Carolina was founded in 1978, formerly the "South Carolina Shooting Association". 

Gun Owners of South Carolina is dedicated to the protection and promotion of the law-abiding  citizen's constitutionally guaranteed right to own, bear and use firearms for hunting, target shooting, protection of family, self and home, collecting and all other lawful purposes. GOSC is also dedicated to bringing all shooters, especially young shooters to the sport and give them an appreciation of our Second Amendment Rights.

Gun Owners of South Carolina is affliated with the National Rifle Association. 

GOSC encourges all members to join both associations.

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