County repeals gun restrictions

County repeals gun restrictions

Gun Rights

County Commissioners Mark Marion, left, Eddie Harris, Van Tucker, Larry Johnson and Bill Goins prepare to open a meeting at Elkin High School Monday night. – ELKIN — The Surry County Board of Commissioners voted this week to repeal its local ordinance on firearm restrictions. County Attorney Ed Woltz informed the board that Chapter 133 of the Code of Ordinances does indeed appear to go further than state laws allow. However, he added, the board could pass a new ordinance if it chooses that does comply with state ordinance. This issue was brought to the commissioners’ attention by Mark Jones, chairman of the Surry County Republican Party. He said gun rights activists across the state have been looking at county laws, seeking protection of gun rights. Some other counties have already repealed their ordinances after it was pointed out that they were contrary to state law; Jones named Wilkes, Stokes and Forsyth among those making a change. In 2015 the General Assembly set out to make gun laws more uniform across the state. The politicians acknowledged the need to prohibit firearms in government buildings such as the courthouse, county government center and post office, as well as state parks. However, the legislature restricted local officials’ ability to prohibit other activities. Woltz shared a copy of the one-page Chapter 133 ordinance that was passed on Dec. 4, 1995. The chapter states that the county manager will keep signs posted on all parks and buildings that are owned, leased, operated, occupied, […]

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