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Harnett County leaders OK new ordinance on guns

Posted February 2, 2015

— In a 4-1 vote Monday, Harnett County commissioners approved an ordinance restricting where guns can be fired in the county – a move that comes after complaints to the sheriff about guns being fired on smaller properties.

The new rule prevents a person from firing a gun on property less than 10,000 square feet.  Violators can be fined up to $500, and there are exceptions for hunting, turkey shoots and self-defense.

"The purpose of this ordinance was not to eliminate anyone's rights to shoot guns in the county, but we did want to make it safer for people, as far as shooting in subdivisions and in lots that aren't conducive to that type of activity," said Brian Haney, a public information officer for Harnett County.

It was standing-room only when the ordinance was first introduced in August, when many called it an anti-gun ordinance.

A committee was selected to work on the ordinance, and several parts were removed, including one that restricted a weapon from being fired within 500 feet of a school, church, day care, playground or park.

Jon Gainey, manager of American Gun and Pawn in Lillington, however, says the ordinance could have an effect on his business.

He tests guns in a safe discharge area out behind the shop – something he says he won't be able to do under the new ordinance.

"If I have to go to a firing range, then I have to start paying fees, which is an additional business cost that I will have to factor into the cost of doing business."

Commissioners had voted last month on the measure but had to vote again because the vote was not unanimous. A unanimous second vote was not necessary.


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  • shallottemustang Feb 7, 2015

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    So is allowing a 50 ton airplanes to pass over your property daily but it's still done...and safely. The same could be said about a 3 ton car driving in front of your property (I'm pretty sure more houses have been struck by a neighbors car in Harnett in the past year than by the bullet from a neighbors gun.

  • dennis8 Feb 6, 2015

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    Your Constitutional rights end when you put my Constitutional right to life in danger. Discharging a firearm in a subdivision is a bad idea.

  • Travis Upchurch Feb 4, 2015
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    NICHOLECARPENTERISBACK2 , Very well put!! In two years i will help vote everyone of them OUT!!! NO MATTER WHAT PARTY!!!

  • Gene Parsons Feb 4, 2015
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    I wonder how many of the Harnett County commissioners that voted for this ordinance own or have ever shot a gun before.

  • Pat Orsban Feb 4, 2015
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    While I understand some folks have unnatural fears of guns, and they are allowed to vote, I tend to agree with not shooting in the back yard, unless you have a safe set up. Like that guy in FLA the Daily Kos keeps lying about.

  • Pat Orsban Feb 4, 2015
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    I wonder how many other liberals have fantasies of shooting people they disagree with?. None of the other gun owners i know even think about shooting folks they did not agree with. Now, shooting folks trying to harm them, sure. Which apparently is something liberals DO NOT think of.

  • Jennifer Apple Feb 3, 2015
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    I wonder how much square footage you need to exercise your other Constitutional Rights?

  • NotLiberal Feb 3, 2015

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    Anti's are liberals. Liberals operate on emotion. Liberals don't ever let fact stand in the way of their beliefs.

    Always keep one thing front and center:

    Gun control is not about GUNS, its about CONTROL.

  • Jay Hanig Feb 3, 2015
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    Get threatened a lot with being shot, do you? Call the police. That behavior is illegal. Get it on record so we all can see.

  • Paul Parker Feb 3, 2015
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    I often wonder why so many anti-gun proponents seem to think that gun proponents are threatening to shoot people that disagree with them when there is absolutely no evidence of such a threat.