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Residents fire back at proposed Harnett gun ordinance

Posted August 18

— Hundreds of residents packed the Harnett County commissioners room Monday night to fire back at a proposed gun ordinance.

The measure would restrict firing a gun:

  • Within 500 feet of the property line of a school, church, daycare, playground or park.
  • Within 200 feet of a private or public road, or of a permanent building not belonging to the gun carrier.

The measure would also restrict explosives from being detonated within 1,500 feet of buildings and roads.

County officials said the ordinance is modeled after rules in neighboring counties.

“This discharge ordinance has absolutely no power over anyone hunting,” said Randy Baker, the county's senior zoning inspector.

Residents returned fire.

"I have the right under the second amendment, in the pursuit of happiness, to shoot on my own property," Jim Dorman said.

Dorman, who spoke directly to Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins, called the ordinance “anti-gun” and wanted a public referendum.

“And you don't need to put in a law to teach me ethics, because I got 'em and I believe in 'em,” he said.

Others, like Jerry Revis, mocked the measure.

"How are they gonna enforce this,” he said. “Are there gonna be two deputies show up, one to hold one end of the tape measure…while the other goes over here?"

Rollins, who advocated for gun ownership during an Aug. 4 community meeting, said the new rules are for densely populated areas in the fast growing county.

"We've got to give a little bit for other people's concerns,” he said. “Good neighbors, unfortunately, sometimes have to be told by a law how to be a good neighbor."

Commissioners voted to table the measure and form a subcommittee.

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  • disgusted2010 Aug 19, 6:23 p.m.

    Perhaps a $10,000 or more fee on new housing in Harnett County to be used to build gun ranges is in order. That way the newcomers can have their way, AND pay for it.

  • k9sandQtrs Aug 19, 5:45 p.m.

    There are several hunting/shooting ranges in Harnett and surrounding counties for people to go play with their guns if their own property isn't large enough to allow them to shoot. I used to live in Harnett on a 3/4 acre lot and it was quite un-nerving when I could look out my bedroom window into my neighbor's deer stand. Their lot was about the same size, lol!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 19, 3:53 p.m.

    What about the 16 year-old girl who was shot & killed at Carowinds by a stray bullet? That shooter was half a mile away. This is 500' and 200'.

  • kermit60 Aug 19, 3:48 p.m.

    Another drive for gun control. I just hope I'm around when millions of americans say enough is enough and say no. The government can't even control kids at the border so I seriously doubt they will be able to control millions of americans with "undocumented weapons" willing to fight.

  • t50 Aug 19, 3:44 p.m.

    Want people to stop shooting without proper berm protection? Give them good ranges to shoot at. Ordinances aren't the answer. DONALDB

    Ordinances have to be the answer. Homes are being built closer than ever, even in Harnett County and the simple fact is that a gun, even fired innocently at a target on one's own property, has a great likelihood of ending up on someone else's if the shot misses the target. When that happens, God forbid that an innocent person or animal is in the path of the bullet. I agree that proper firing ranges are a great solution, but there are many who would not choose to use them even if there were more. That is why the ordinances ARE needed.

  • ncouterbanks69 Aug 19, 3:38 p.m.

    "We should have random drug and alcohol tests of all gun owners period. One should have nothing... View More

    — Posted by ncouterbanks69

    Well, we don't know if you're being responsible until we test you, do we? Given the reluctance... View More

    — Posted by A cold, hard dose of Hans

    No arrest record. That is easy to check. As a matter of fact they do.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Aug 19, 3:36 p.m.

    But I think as long as they practice safe shooting techniques and obey they current laws they should be left alone

  • Objective Scientist Aug 19, 3:30 p.m.

    I'm sorry, but the video of this story makes us look like a bunch of southern reds. I know this... View More

    — Posted by tc35d

    I agree with you - the video does indeed paint the anti-ordinance contingent in a very poor... View More

    — Posted by TimeWillTell

    Excellent points regarding the media. I'm old enough to have observed the media move more and more in the direction you describe over several decades. I've been interviewed several times over the years by print, radio, and TV media. Several of those times I felt "used" after they "edited" what I said... taking only selected statements out of context and making the story say what they wanted it to say. That was usually to "stir things up", create controversy, and sell their "product". Today - news anchors, reporters - HELL, even the WEATHERMAN/WOMAN - is promoted as and regarded by many as "celebrities"!!! Make no mistake - I truly enjoy seeing an attractive lady as much as any proverbial "red-blooded American male" - and CNN has quite a number of very attractive women as anchors/reporters. CNN "knows what it is doing" to gain viewers!

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Aug 19, 3:28 p.m.

    I'm sorry, but when you allow every Tom, Dick and Harry to own as many guns as they want and go shootin' and wavin' them around at every opportunity, something needs to be done.

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 19, 3:27 p.m.

    "I'm for more gun control but even I find this ridiculous. Doesn't matter what point I am at on my property, I still would be within 200 ft of the road." - Reformed Liberal


    Exactly! Not everyone owns the Ponderosa.


    "So a bullet won't travel 201 feet?" - stormwaterguy


    The anti-gunners think the laws of physics are governed by the laws of man.

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