Gun Sense Action Committee

The goal of the Gun Sense Action Committee is to reduce gun violence and deaths. We believe that this can be accomplished with the following actions:

  • Require universal background checks on all weapons sold, trades or bartered.

  • Secure weapons and ammunition (by owners) to prevent unauthorized access.

  • Red Flag law to be developed and enforced.

  • Discourage open carry by postings of “no concealed weapons allowed” signage by private business and by municipalities prohibiting concealed weapons at public events and in public areas.


This committee is under the auspices of the Horry County Democratic Party (HCDP) and it is led by a chairperson. If possible, other offices (secretary and event planner) shall be appointed. The chairperson shall insure that a meeting agenda and minutes are provided to each committee member via e-mail. The chairperson shall also ensure that the budget, website, membership list and event calendar are kept current. This committee will submit, when requested a report of its activities and budget, and shall coordinate with HCDP on all significant programs, actions and changes to the committee.

This committee’s primary responsibilities are to develop, update and promote the HCDP position on firearms with the goal of reducing firearm related violence and deaths.

Actions to accomplish the committee goals and responsibilities shall include the following:

  • Support of candidates both at the county, state and federal level who support our firearm positions.

  • Education of the general public on gun sense issues which impact them ensuring that everyone have a correct understanding of firearm laws and issues related to firearm violence.

  • Provide support to HCDP and its members by providing expertise and education on firearms issues.

  • Develop and maintain a data base of articles, statistics etc. on firearm issues which is available to committee and HCDP members.

  • Develop video, handouts, white papers and information that can be made available to HCDP members and the public about current firearms issues.

  • Attend and support various local, state and nationwide protests, vigils and boycotts dealing with firearm violence issues.

  • Develop and implement specific campaigns to educate the public about these issues.

  • Develop and maintain a calendar of committee specific events for HCDP and committee members.

Meeting Information

The Gun Sense Action Committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 10 AM via Zoom.

Contact the Organizer for the Meeting ID.

Contact Information

Committee Chairperson – Henry Garbelman

Phone: (410)236-8278


Keep Myrtle Beach Family Friendly

WE BELIEVE that all firearm sales should require a thorough background check, allowing adequate time to be completed. This would prevent sales to felons, terrorists and others who are forbidden by law to purchase or possess a firearm.

OBJECTIVE To provide education and information to the community on the South Carolina laws and their impact on community risks and safety.

WHY IT MATTERS The Myrtle Beach area has thrived as a Family Friendly vacation location. Recent firearm violence and the Open Carry law has driven away visitors and negatively impacts all the residents in the Grand Strand area. Allowing and/or encouraging unchecked firearm sales by way of private sales, internet and gun shows invites crime and firearm violence and deaths to increase in the Grand Strand area.


  • Gun culture in the US and SC has become radicalized.
  • SC laws which include Open Carry, and Stand Your Ground Law has increased the risk of gun violence and deaths.
  • Law loopholes have allow twenty to thirty percent (20%-30%) of all firearm sales to avoid background checks.
  • The two guns shows in convention center per year that do not require background checks have allowed easy access to weapon purchases.
  • Gun violence cost SC taxpayers on average $1.5 billion per year.
  • SC gun ownership (53% vs. US average 32%) is growing.
  • 40 states have lower gun violence incidents than SC.
  • SC has the tenth worst violent crime and mortality rate in US.
  • SC has some of the weakest gun laws in US.
  • Access to weapons has become easier due to an increase in the number of gun shops and manufactures in the Grand Strand and SC.



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Gun Sense Action Committee

The Horry County Democratic Party Gun Sense Action Committee fights for gun safety and common sense gun laws.