South Carolina residents up in arms over complaint-driven regulation
County council members in Spartanburg, South Carolina, are proposing a new restriction on the discharge of firearms in unincorporated areas of the county after some residents in various “subdivisions” complained about the noise – but they’re receiving plenty of push-back from gun owners in the community.
The county council recently set up a committee to help draft a new ordinance dictating where guns can be fired, and where they can’t, Fox Carolina reported.
The city of Spartanburg has an ordinance prohibiting the discharging of a firearm within its city limits, but there are no such restrictions in the county.
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The idea for the ordinance came after the Spartanburg Sheriff’s Office fielded some complaints about gunshots.
Further investigation revealed homeowners were firing in their yards, in line with local laws. In fact, state law allows for the discharge of weapons in every county and in every neighborhood outside incorporated city areas, WSPA-TV reported.
But local government officials decided to act on the complaints and appointed a committee to draft some new restrictions on gun discharges in the county.