Florence City Council passes ordinance to limit guns at permitted events, city buildings

Florence City Council passes ordinance to limit guns at permitted events, city buildings

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – JANUARY 15: A women fires a handgun at the “Get Some Guns & Ammo” shooting range on January 15, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lawmakers are calling for tougher gun legislation after recent mass shootings at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images) FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — The Florence City Council passed the second and final reading Monday of an ordinance that would keep open and concealed carry weapons out of permitted events and city-owned buildings. The ordinance keeps weapons away from events that require city permits like protests, rallies, fairs, parades, and festivals. It also revises the city code to ban concealed and open carry weapons in city buildings. During the October meeting, councilors cited concerns with safety at upcoming events like the Pecan Festival as a reason the ordinance should be adopted. It is in response to the new South Carolina open carry law that went into effect in August. It allows people to legally have their handguns visible, as long as they have a concealed weapons permit. TOP STORY: What you need to know before heading to the polls on Election Day in South Carolina However, the law has provisions that allow cities to pass ordinances preventing open carry at certain times. Florence city councilman Bryan Braddock said he supports the open carry law but in certain settings. “I am a conservative. I am for the second amendment. […]

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