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Johnston County OKs new noise ordinance, nixes gunshot ban

Posted September 4, 2012

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— The Johnston County Board of Commissioners approved a new noise ordinance Tuesday, but left out a provision that would ban loud gun discharges.

An ordinance banning loud gunshots, music, cars and ATVs in residential areas was proposed after neighbors voiced a number of complaints about a gun owner in the Oak Ridge subdivision near Willow Springs who uses his backyard as a shooting range.

But after about 300 people packed into the commissioners' meeting Tuesday evening – many up in arms about their right to bear arms – language banning gunshots was removed from the approved ordinance.

Instead, commissioners outlawed "excessive and unreasonable" use of a firearm in residential areas.

Neighbors say James Whitlock and his wife fired about 3,000 gunshots over a two-month period. Whitlock says they're exaggerating.

Johnston County OKs new noise ordinance, nixes gunshot ban Johnston County OKs new noise ordinance, nixes gunshot ban

"I've never shot in a way that was intentionally designed to inconvenience people," he said. "It's been occasional."

The newly adopted ordinance better defines violations, said county attorney David Mills. "Time of day, how close the noise is to residences, whether the noise is recurrent, repetitive, intermittent or constant" will be taken into consideration, he said.

Whitlock said he believes the new ordinance will allow him to continue shooting in his yard.

Mills, however, said he believes Whitlock's shooting would be a violation.

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  • Ashen-Shugar Sep 7, 2012

    "Still don’t believe you. I’d be willing to bet you’re being nasty to your neighbor and making up false claims just like you do on these forums."------Lightfoot3

    No facts, no basis in reality after the list of people whom were presented evidence believed it to be so. Photos, video, and documented recordings from 911, yet you do not believe. You simply try to deny what I know and have proven. I have made no unfounded claims, everything is easily proven.

    Troll : 1c. Noun
    A member of an internet forum who continually harangues and harasses others. Someone with nothing worthwhile to add to a certain conversation, but rather continually threadjacks or changes the subject, as well as thinks every member of the forum is talking about them and only them. Trolls often go by multiple names to circumvent getting banned.

    lightfoot # 3 would infer the 3rd version of that name due to bans. That alone equals troll.

  • Ashen-Shugar Sep 7, 2012

    "I bash gods and sky spirits, not religion. You’re confusing me with Haggis Basher and others. Pay more attention."-----Lightfoot3

    You and I had a particularly fun debate about religion quite a while back, before I took a long sabbatical from golo. This debate came about after you started bashing faith in general and ended up with you and I debating on your golo profile page. So I actually do pay attention and apparently have a much better memory then you.

    "At least you’re coming up with new nastiness with this one. Keep working on it."-----Lightfoot3

    If you want to call truth "nastiness" then ok, cool by me. It does not negate the fact that what you have done here is troll. When the facts do not fit your argument you make stuff up or try to deny those facts. I will post another comment to show you your true colors.

  • Ashen-Shugar Sep 7, 2012

    The only one making false claims…innuendo, and guessing about things” – Ashen-Shugar

    "Hmm, so, how many guns do I have? Since you claim to KNOW you have more. :) "----Lightfoot3

    You posted the wrong statement to respond to. But in regards to it I will simply say that I have collected more firearms than most collectors I know. If you are a collector then more then likely you know exactly who I am. That is only counting on hand firearms, not those on loan to other entities.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 7, 2012

    The only one making false claims…innuendo, and guessing about things” – Ashen-Shugar


    Hmm, so, how many guns do I have? Since you claim to KNOW you have more. :)


    “Perhaps you should go back to trying to bash people about religion.” – Ashen-Shugar


    I bash gods and sky spirits, not religion. You’re confusing me with Haggis Basher and others. Pay more attention.


    “Troll on elsewhere, troll.” - Ashen-Shugar


    At least you’re coming up with new nastiness with this one. Keep working on it.

  • Ashen-Shugar Sep 7, 2012

    "Actually, if you put more effort into paying attention than doing personal attacks and being nasty, you’d see that you responded to my post in which I said, “When you hear about "bullets flying", that usually means it's an exaggeration” (i.e. a safety issue, unless you’re claiming bullets flying by create a lot of noise). Still don’t believe you. I’d be willing to bet you’re being nasty to your neighbor and making up false claims just like you do on these forums."------Lightfoot3

    The only one making false claims, exaggerations, false accusations, lies, innuendo, and guessing about things of which you have no idea about is you Lightfoot # 3. Perhaps you should go back to trying to bash people about religion. At least there you require no proof to back up your unsubstantiated claims.

    As always you are welcome to guess about whatever you like in your little world. Your statements in this forum have no basis in fact or even reality. Troll on elsewhere, troll.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 7, 2012

    “You came into a story about a noise ordinance to refute safety?” – Ashen-Shugar


    Actually, if you put more effort into paying attention than doing personal attacks and being nasty, you’d see that you responded to my post in which I said, “When you hear about "bullets flying", that usually means it's an exaggeration” (i.e. a safety issue, unless you’re claiming bullets flying by create a lot of noise). Still don’t believe you. I’d be willing to bet you’re being nasty to your neighbor and making up false claims just like you do on these forums.

  • Ashen-Shugar Sep 7, 2012

    "You’ve been busted before as being truth challenged so I doubt anything has changed. I doubt your neighbor has done any of the stuff you claimed. More than likely you attacked and insulted him for some reason like you do others, and made up the rest of the stuff."-----Lightfoot3

    You should see previous comments about evidence. It is obvious now that you are challenged when it comes to reading comprehension. And now with this you have resorted to being just another troll.

    Another fact is Lightfoot is that you are part of the problem. You think only of the safety aspect and leave all courtesies behind. Your comments make that very clear. It is a shame people like you force people like me to have to put restrictions in place since common sense is not something that people like you have.

  • Ashen-Shugar Sep 7, 2012

    "Do YOU read?! I’ve SPECIFICALLY said I was addressing the safety aspect. I literally wrote: “Noise is another issue.”, but you’re too busy being nasty to pay attention. "

    Another fail Lightfoot, this IS about NOISE. You came into a story about a noise ordinance to refute safety? See previous statement regarding the definition of ignorant fool.

    "You’ve been busted before as being truth challenged so I doubt anything has changed. I doubt your neighbor has done any of the stuff you claimed. More than likely you attacked and insulted him for some reason like you do others, and made up the rest of the stuff."----Lightfoot3

    A lie. Nothing more. I have never written anything but truth. I do however remember you Lightfoot # 3.

    Hmm, # 3, why is that lightfoot? Could it be that you have been busted multiple times with untruths and that is why your screen names have been locked by the moderators? You can not abide the TOS? Fact is you are the liar and have been proven so multipl

  • Ashen-Shugar Sep 7, 2012

    "I only fire my guns during target practice (generally at indoor ranges), sighting in my rifle, and while hunting. Anti-gunners like you don’t have a clue. More than likely your neighbor is a law abiding person and you’re harassing him for having a firearm because you’re anti-gun."-----Lightfoot3

    Anti gun. Yet here it is again, a convenient label provided by an ignorant fool that can not understand such a simple concept as giving people a little protection around their house from the noise of gunfire.

    Just so you know, I can guarantee that I own more guns than you, more than enough ammunition to keep me shooting long after everyone else.

    I am a survivor. But I am not going to jail because some ignorant fool like you decided to try to antagonize me and my family by shooting their firearms as close (25') to my house as they can while still being on their property.

    Before it was completely legal to do that. Now it is not. But it is still legal to target shoot responsibly.

  • Ashen-Shugar Sep 7, 2012

    "I read on a gun forum about some whiner in Johnston County fabricating “evidence”, which included so-called “buckshot”. Hmm, I bet they were talking about you!"-----Lightfoot3

    I must be really good at fabricating evidence if one Johnston County Judge, one Wake County Judge, Sheriff Steve Bizzell, most of the Deputy's of the Johnston County Sheriff's Department, the entire Johnston County Board of Commissioners, and the County Attorney all to fall for some "fabricated" evidence. These guys can not know better than some anonymous poster of a forum that has already been documented to be feeding out false information such as they did on this ordinance. This is also the same group people that were satisfied when the word "gunshot" was changed to "loud noise", not even realizing that they were still signing off on the exact same ordinance......

    Yea, real smart people those guys.....lmao

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