The petition itself may never be used, but its purpose is many. Right now it can be used to raise awareness and let people see they're not alone in wanting open carry. Possibly later it can be used to help sway the opinion of SC legislators. Either way, getting the word out and getting signatures is important.
Unfortunately for us, participation is not what I had hoped for when initiating it. For example, Oklahoma, a state with about 2/3 the population of South Carolina, posted their petition the day after ours but has about three times the signatures. I don't know if it's apathy in our state or maybe the people just don't see the value of open carry. I do know that several members of the state's self proclaimed preeminent gun rights organization have told me that open carry is stupid. I also know I can’t get a mention of it on their website. It makes you wonder if the two are related.
Somewhere near 10k flyers have been distributed at various gun shows, gun shops and gun events by my wife and I, out of pocket. I could have had a new Glock instead. I would certainly appreciate some help along the way and any ideas you or anyone has to make this work better than it has can only improve the situation.