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Reader: proposed gun ordinance would destroy Second Amendment

Posted: August 5, 2014 10:17 a.m.
Updated: August 6, 2014 5:00 a.m.

I am writing in reference to Sheriff Jim Mathews’ letter and the follow up letter from Joe Upchurch published in the Chronicle-Independent concerning a proposed county gun control ordinance. I thought this proposal had been killed, but now I understand that it has gone to a committee for possible revision.

I strongly defend the Second Amendment and vehemently oppose liberals and liberal media who are trying to destroy it. I see the proposed ordinance, which would require a person to be 900 feet (three football fields ) from a dwelling before discharging a firearm, as another effort to gain a toe hold in the destruction of our Second Amendment.

We are at the mercy of the courts now when defending our homes, i.e., entrapment, etc. I know this sounds ridiculous, but, would this ordinance come into play on home defense? Could some unscrupulous lawyer say that you illegally fired your weapon at an intruder due to being within 900 feet of your home? 

I and many others have hunting property that would be adversely affected by this proposal. I have hunted for years and have never had an incident endangering other people.

I also have a concealed weapon permit and I am curious about how this may be affected in the future by this or subsequent ordinances.

I am against this proposed ordinance or any revision of it. I am opposed to empowering the sheriff or anyone else, particularly some liberal bureaucrat, with control of my gun ownership.

I am confident that we already have laws which address reckless behavior, be it with a gun or otherwise. These should suffice the needs of our law enforcement personnel. 

The county council should also be mindful that on 12-7-2010, South Carolina’s Attorney General ruled, interpreting S.C. Code 23-31-510, that counties cannot issue laws that countermand or overrule state laws on guns.


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