County council missing target on shooting regulations

County council missing target on shooting regulations

960×30 expandable ad Horry County Council is about to miss another opportunity to crack down on reckless shooting in residential areas. This week, the council’s public safety committee voted against recommending an ordinance aimed at creating gunfire-free zones in the growing suburbs of unincorporated Horry. In some ways, this shouldn’t be surprising. For nearly a decade, they’ve struggled to hold accountable those who fire weapons onto others’ property — and sometimes into homes. 300×600 image ad Yet the problem persists and most council members have been hesitant, if not resistant, to addressing the issue. What’s particularly frustrating is that some council members have framed these proposed ordinances as an unneeded policy, an assault on the Second Amendment. Keep in mind, these leaders are the same ones who supported the completely unnecessary “Second Amendment Sanctuary” ordinance, which was approved in April and states that the county will oppose any state or federal law that county officials consider to be an infringement on the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Never mind that this conflicts with the state constitution. Never mind this was a solution for a non-existent problem. Never mind a law professor raised legal concerns about the ordinance. Horry County leaders just had to jump on that bandwagon. Calling the proposed gunfire ordinance an attack on the Second Amendment is ridiculous. Not only is this not true, it’s a ploy to use a cultural wedge issue (gun rights) to avoid the council’s responsibility to find a solution to a […]

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