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Johnston County noise law would ban loud gun discharges

Posted August 27, 2012 5:10 p.m. EDT

— The Johnston County Board of Commissioners will vote next week on a noise ordinance that specifically bans residents from firing guns that are "unreasonably loud."

The ordinance, which is scheduled for a vote Sept. 4, bans noises that are considered "unreasonably loud" or "disturbing," which is determined by time of day, location and whether the average person would find the noise disruptive.

In addition to banning the loud discharge of firearms, the ordinance also would prohibit "loud, boisterous language or shouting" and noise from any sound-producing device that disturbs the quiet between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The measure has drawn criticism from residents who think it's a first step toward gun control. Opponents have launched a Facebook page urging commissioners to vote no.

Commissioners approved the ordinance at an Aug. 6 meeting, but they must vote again because one commissioner was absent.

Officials said the agenda will be posted on the county's website.