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Greenwood Strikes Down 40-Year-Old Gun Ban

Greenwood recently re-discovered a city ordinance on its books that banned residents from carrying concealed weapons.

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Greenwood has not enforced its concealed gun ordinance in several years.

Greenwood leaders have voted to drop a longstanding ban on carrying concealed guns in the city. For four decades the law also banned people from carrying knives, slingshots or brass knuckles within city limits, but authorities say law enforcement personnel have not enforced the rule in years.

A city council vote Wednesday night strikes down the old ban, but City Council President Bruce Armstrong says another statute still prohibits firing weapons in Greenwood.

“It was approved by a unanimous vote to continue to have a ban on shooting weapons within the Greenwood city unless you are a police officer in the line of duty and you can shoot a gun at a gun range,” he says.

Last year, a new state forbade cities or counties from banning firearms at most public places, including libraries and parks. But gun bans are allowed at schools, universities and courthouses.

The city’s lawyer, Krista Targgart, says the Greenwood ordinance also changes a rule that allowed people to shoot birds within the city limits

“Previously people could apply for a permit to shoot obnoxious birds in the city, we took out that provision, it was never used, and we didn’t have people applying for this permit,” Targgart says.

The revised rule goes into effect Thursday.

  • American12345

    You can laugh, cry, disagree, delete this post (King George would have!), or screw yourself. I don’t care, but one thing is certain. There are going to be a lot of dead /Viggers soon in your city. 40 damn years these rascals have been conditioned to rape, steal, etc. and you just slammed the door shut. This has happened in other cities but I doubt they’d had 40 flippin’ years of 2nd amendment infringement. Either way I warn you: Blacks are stupid and will not think anything has changed. You will see a large increase in dead gang-bangers being shot by accountants. Remember I said this and tell your mayor we’ll meet during the revolution…

  • American12345

    The truth about /Viggers hurts doesn’t it. Well, tough. That’s my 1st amendment right and I back it with my 2nd amendment right. Say hello to King George……

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  • disqus_FkbtcTdfYw

    Well now I fell really super about the safety of my family who lives there -_-

    These gun nuts need to get over themselves

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