Johnston County restricts use of firearms
Posted March 7, 2011 10:09 p.m. EST
Updated March 8, 2011 10:57 p.m. EST
Smithfield, N.C. — Johnston County commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance that restricts the use of firearms on private property during a public hearing Monday.
The ordinance outlaws shooting firearms across public streets and highways or from two hours after sunset through one hour before sunrise. The new ordinance also prohibits discharging a firearm "carelessly and heedlessly," on to someone else's property without the owner's permission and while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Changes to the law were proposed after residents raised concerns about stray gunfire to county leaders. The controversial wording in the original ordinance draft – "to ban shooting of any kind of projectile within 600 feet of a dwelling" – was eliminated from the adopted law.
Violators face a $100 fine or 30 days in jail.
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