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Reader takes issue with sheriff’s letter

Posted: July 22, 2014 7:34 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Having waded through Sheriff Jim Matthews recent letter as published regarding his endorsement of a “Proposed Firearms Ordinance,” I note that the main point (as quoted) “It prohibits the discharge of a firearm within 300 yards;” that’s 900 feet!

I read this over and over, thinking maybe he means 300 feet! Think about it! Nine hundred feet in every direction from where you are standing. You’re in your backyard overlooking a clear path 100, 200, 600, 700, 800, 900 feet or more long and you give your son a .22 rifle for Christmas and you’ve got to petition your neighbors before you can practice hitting a target placed 10 feet in front of you? Sure, a .22 will (under ideal conditions) go out for “a mile,” but when it hits almost any target it stops right there, even at 10 feet.

I voted for Jim this time and I appreciate the job he is doing. This whole issue was brought up because in his letter he complains: “there is absolutely nothing we can lawfully do.” He’s right, but I absolutely do not want him to have any more power over me. I think the power to practice marksmanship in your back yard should remain with the people in rural Kershaw County.

If my neighbor doesn’t have the guts to go to a magistrate and accuse me of “disturbing his peace” by signing a warrant, I don’t want him expecting the police to do it. If I disturb him sufficiently, he can sign a warrant and have the sheriff serve me with it and we’ll both have our day in court.

Can you imagine how life would be if we gave the police all the laws they would like to have? What would be the next freedom lost?

I’m against passing any “firearms discharge ordinance” in Kershaw County; use the laws we’ve got. Anybody having a complaint about their neighbor should use the existing “disturbing the peace” provisions and swear out a warrant or move to Camden instead of complaining to the sheriff; it’s not his job!


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