Second Amendment ordinance draws crowd as Greenville County Council sends it to committee

Second Amendment ordinance draws crowd as Greenville County Council sends it to committee

The Greenville County Council meeting on April 20, 2021 drew the largest turnout since before the pandemic began, with socially-distanced seating in chambers filled and others outside. Greenville County is considering a so-called Second Amendment sanctuary ordinance forbidding county employees from enforcing federal gun laws. Councilman Steve Shaw, a gun law attorney and board member of gun rights group SC Carry, introduced the ordinance during an April 20 meeting. Dozens crowded together in limited seating at council chambers while others stood in the lobby or outside the doors to County Square. Many wore orange “Guns Save Lives” stickers. It was the largest in-person turnout to a council meeting since the pandemic began more than a year ago. From the outset, the citizen comment portion of the meeting turned frenetic. Residents whooped and gave a standing ovation to the first speaker who spoke in favor of Shaw’s ordinance. From there, residents either cheered or chuckled. One speaker turned to face the crowd rather than the council, and another was told not to speak directly to Shaw but to address the council as a whole. Four residents spoke in favor of the ordinance and just as many spoke against it. Council members didn’t discuss Shaw’s proposal at first reading and instead referred it to the public safety committee. The first, Jack Logan, who runs the Put Down the Guns Now Young People nonprofit, spoke in favor, saying when people speak about school shootings, “parenting comes first.” He said if residents were […]

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