Pro-gun ordinance would make it illegal for Greenville County to enforce federal gun laws

Pro-gun ordinance would make it illegal for Greenville County to enforce federal gun laws

Greenville County Councilman Steve Shaw is sworn into office on Jan. 4, 2021. Greenville County councilman and gun law attorney Steve Shaw plans to introduce an ordinance at the council’s April 20 meeting that would make it illegal for county employees to enforce federal gun laws, a largely symbolic gesture he said is intended to pre-empt possible federal gun law restrictions. If passed, the measure would make Greenville the second county in the state, joining Anderson County, to pass a so-called Second Amendment sanctuary law. Shaw said he has spoken to Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis and plans to play a video with Lewis’ endorsement of the proposal at the meeting. Lewis said Tuesday he supports the ordinance and it wouldn’t have an effect on any current operations of the sheriff’s office. Shaw said the law would not impact how the county’s law enforcement officers operate. The ordinance does not create any new gun law or ability to carry firearms because the county is prohibited by state law from making laws that regulate firearms, Shaw said. A draft of an ordinance Greenville County Councilman Steve Shaw plans to introduce April 20, 2021 that would prohibit Greenville County from enforcing any new federal gun laws. “What it does is it prohibits county officials from enforcing federal firearms law,” he said. “In other words, if the federal government wants to make any new gun law, it’s up to them to enforce it. They’re not going to commandeer our resources and capability […]

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