Galvanized by the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, Arm in Arm is an independent, grassroots group of more than 1,200 South Carolinian health care professionals, faith leaders, gun owners, teachers and volunteers from all walks of life. We’re working together to close the loopholes in the current laws that allow guns to fall into the wrong hands, while continuing to support the Second Amendment right of citizens to lawfully own guns.

Our nonpartisan, grassroots, data-based approach is working. Our committees — Legislative, Outreach and Public Health — have brought together groups that have never worked together before to combine efforts to shift the conversation about gun violence. Some of our accomplishments include:

  • Statewide Faith Based Event — More than 1,300 faith congregations participated in our Stand-Up Sunday outreach event on January 31, 2016. Associated Press / Post&Courier
  • Growing Membership — More than 1,200 South Carolinians from around the state have joined our cause, including satellite groups in Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach.
  • Recognition of Key GVP Voice — Arm in Arm has been recognized as one of the key voices in the debate about gun violence and legislation action in South Carolina. Post&Courier.
  • Advocacy for Public Meetings on Gun Violence — Arm in Arm worked with victims and groups across South Carolina to generate turnout and testimony during the four Senate hearings on gun reform, held in Greenville, Charleston, Hartsville and Columbia, SC. Post&Courier.
  • Quick Response Team — Arm in Arm galvanized GVP groups to act quickly with community leaders (including Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Police Chief Gregory Mullen) and constituent groups (who advocated for mental health and domestic violence legislation) to block an auto-reciprocity amendment that would have made the Georgia bill an entry for other states as well.



Percentage of SC voters who support background check legislation!


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