Gun Sense SC is a fast-growing, diverse group of South Carolinians working hard to decrease gun violence by educating, building awareness about gun safety and supporting bipartisan legislation for thorough background checks to address this public health crisis. We support the 2nd Amendment right of citizens to legally possess firearms but want to close the loopholes that allow 40% of purchases to occur without a background check and guns to keep falling into the wrong hands.

We are gun owners and non-gun owners. We are veterans and teachers, attorneys and doctors, social workers and spiritual leaders. While our group was galvanized by the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church, we are propelled by the 650 South Carolinians who die every year due to gun violence. Together, we’ll make South Carolina a safer place to live, attend school and worship.

Dr. RICHARD HAGERTY , chairman of the board, is a retired plastic surgeon, the former head of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, a former Charleston City Councilman and an artist.

MARLVIS (BUTCH) KENNEDY , board member at large, is a systems engineer whose work supports the Combat Operations Center for the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as being the director of Project Unity USA, a non-profit organization that works with law enforcement, clergy, local businesses and community leaders to reduce crime. He’s also an executive board member of the Tri-County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and the statewide Domestic Violence Task Force.

JUDY HINES , secretary of the board, is an MSW with 53 years experience, the former acting chair of the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission and former CEO, Council on Accreditation of Services to Families and Children.

ALICIA (LISA) RAHIEM , board member at large, is a former police officer and manager of Citizens Against Spouse Abuse. She is a board member of Project Unity USA and has made combatting domestic violence and helping battered women her life’s work.

SALLIE DUELL , board member at large, has served on the boards of The Coastal Community Foundation, The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina, Historic Charleston Foundation, Spoleto Festival USA, and, currently, the Charleston Horticultural Society, the Charleston World Heritage Coalition and the Middleton Place Foundation.

ADELAIDA URIBE BENNETT , treasurer of the board, is a board member of the Preservation Society and the Charlestowne Neighborhood Association.


Percentage of SC voters who support background check legislation!


Percentage of all guns purchased in the US without a background check!