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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Myrtle Beach, S.C., Quietly Tries To Resurrect Shooting Ban Proposal

The Horry County (S.C.) Council is reconsidering a proposal that would ban the discharge of firearms on private property in much of the county—a ban that was killed in 2012 under overwhelming public opposition, myrtlebeachonline.com reports. The proposal was dusted off and offered to county councilmen by Horry County Attorney Arrigo Carotti after some residents complained that guns are being fired too close to their homes. 

The proposal defeated four years ago would have banned the discharge of any firearm or bow less than 1,200 feet from any park, public building or school, or 900 feet from any business or dwelling. 

When local residents asked to see the new proposal, the county attorney refused to release it, with Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier claiming “attorney-client privilege.” Bill Rogers, executive director of the South Carolina Press Association, scoffed at that claim, noting, “It’s a public document, and the public should be able to see it.” Otherwise, he said, “The public might think they are trying to pull a fast one.”