Thursday, October 7, 2010
Board rescinds firearms ordinance
By SUE WATSON
In a 4-1 vote Monday, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors rescinded an order passed last month to prohibit discharge of firearms in subdivisions.
Willie Flemon voted not to rescind the order which would have limited shooting of handguns and other firearms on small acreages where populations are dense.
Supervisors said they received many calls in opposition to the proposed ordinance and that one individual, whose complaint prompted the board to study the problem of firearms discharged in densely populated area, had changed his mind.
“We are in a rural county where people shoot guns. I don’t think anybody wants prohibition of shooting guns,” said supervisor Keith Taylor, who made the motion several weeks ago to limit firearm discharge.
He said he believes individuals who have concerns about firearm discharges in their neighborhoods can get the sheriff’s department involved if a safety issue arises, particularly when shooting of firearms is combined with alcohol and loud noise (partying).
In expressing his opposition to rescinding the firearms motion, Flemon said, “I want to know which way they are shooting. The bullet doesn’t have any eyes.”
Supervisor George Zinn III said he does not think the sheriff’s department can respond to every call (because firearm discharge is so prevalent).
“My position was to put in place an ordinance to protect the gentleman who waged the complaint,” Zinn said.
Supervisor Eddie Dixon thought the acreage and proximity of firearm discharge to houses should be a concern in studying a possible new statute.
Attorney Kent Smith recommended the board of supervisors continue to study the matter and consider lot size and acreage as well as the rights to hunt on one’s own property.
Taylor said he believes a person has a right to hunt on his property.
“Or target practice,” added Zinn.
“I’m thinking about safety,” Flemon said.
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