The Greenville News reported Sunday that some 500 people turned out at a shooting range a day earlier for Dean Allen's campaign launch. He wants to be adjutant general: the leader of the state's National Guard.
Attendees told the newspaper they wanted to support the Republican, and also win a sweepstakes for the semiautomatic AK-47. The person who does get it will have to undergo a background check.
People who paid $25 at the event got barbecue and ammo to use at the range for the so-called "machine-gun social."
Maj. Gen. Stan Spears, South Carolina's current adjutant general, has not announced plans to seek a fifth term.