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Spartanburg Co. residents up in arms about a possible gun discharge ban

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Shooting a gun in residential areas throughout Spartanburg County could be banned and residents fired back on Monday.

County Council created a committee to draft an ordinance as to where guns cannot be discharged. Officials said the Spartanburg Sheriff's Office received a number of complaints about neighbors shooting in their backyards in densely populated areas.

There are currently no restrictions on where a gun can be fired within county limits and residents took aim at the idea of adding one.

"If you pass an ordinance I don't think it will help anything," one resident said during the meeting.

“I'm not for this new law and ordinance for taking my rights away and my pursuit of happiness,” another resident said during the public hearing .

One by one residents came forward to shoot down the idea of a gun discharge ban. 

"We can't let complaints take precedent over rights and that's what we're having here,” resident Jim McMillan said.

He says his 96-year-old mother shoots on her property every week.

"I shoot skeet on my property. I fire pistols on my property. It would impact me teaching my grandchildren how to fire a weapon," McMillan said.

While some may see it as an infringement on their second amendment rights, others said it's a matter of safety.

"The operative word is safety. Safety for our family, our children who are out of school this time of year,” Spartanburg County resident Michael Fowler said.

"It is a matter of safety, but it's also a matter of liberty. They both count," Duncan resident Cherry Laurens said.

Councilman David Britt said the ordinance will only pertain to discharging weapons is subdivisions, so not all Spartanburg County residents will be impacted.

“You're talking about densely populated subdivisions. A lot of them have less than an acres a lot of these subdivisions have less than a half an acre and there are people shooting in their backyards with children right behind it," Britt said.

He also said this idea is still in the early stages.

“This is just a chance to have the citizens look at the problem and come up with some solutions,” Britt said.

The committee will consist of residents from each of the county's six districts in addition to members of the Spartanburg Sheriff's Office.

Council chairman Jeff Horton said there's no timeframe as to when an ordinance would be drafted.

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