Kershaw Residents Fight Gun Ordinance


By Rochelle Dean


" i have a real problem with people trying to restrict my use of it because of a few bad apples who are shooting up in subdivisions cause they are dumb , reckless or both."

But Kershaw County Sheriff' Jim Matthews says it's more than just a few bad apples. in fact last year there were more than 85 complaints called into dispatch concerning reckless shooting disturbances.
kershaw county council was aiming for an ordinance to give sheriff's the ability to prosecute these offenders - that right now can only be taken into custody if someone sees them in the act of discharging a fire arm.

But some say going after law abiding citizens - making it illegal to shoot within 300 yards of a home when they are responsible is way off target.

"it's not the guns. they are going after the guns when it's the people."

" i am a responsible gun owner and when i discharge my own handgun on my property i do take safety precautions."

But if you ask the rose family whose lived in their kershaw county home for more than 2 decades not everyone does.

We hear gun shots morning, noon and night. 06:22:30 " if ya'll ever come over here and find one of us dead all you have to do is go over there."

Jimmie Rose and her husband were among those who attended the packed roundtable discussion. after almost being struck by bullets and retaliation from nearby neighbors for complaining about the gun fire to deputies - the rose family says something has to change.

" it's the most scariest feeling. ive sat in my house many of nights and just cried and cried.We want hunters to have their rights, we don;t have a problem with that. they have that right, but we have a right to live."

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brenda said on Saturday, Jul 19 at 4:18 PM

Well I have lived on the same property in elgin (kershaw county) for 31 years now and I have never had a problem with people shooting close to my house & I don't believe everything I hear especially if I know the people, some people love attention and now their getting it at the cost of responsible gun owners.I say leave my 2nd amendment rights alone.

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babygirl said on Thursday, Jul 17 at 3:07 PM

This is just another show of how Kershaw County police are corrupt. they keep letting felons and offenders rights and pentalizing and arresting law abiding citizens! The county is majorly messed up on their priorities. As for the Rose family, simple solution is the KCPD to arrest the people shooting at them...not banded everyone from their free right to own and use their gun on their property! We pay our taxes, bills, etc we ought to have the right to do what we want on our land within reason. Again KCPD is just messed up all around, and as for Matthews stating how the judicial system fail in the Tyner case, well duh KCPD is the reason for all the bad and epic fails! There is no such thing as innocent until proven guilty in this town....its the guilty that get praised and innocent that get prosecuted. If anyone is offend I'm sorry but it is my 2nd amendment right to freedom of speech.

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Ruppert Baird said on Thursday, Jul 17 at 1:32 PM

As a resident, my only question is why doesn't anyone arrest the people making threats? Where the H#!! did logic go?

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Sherra said on Thursday, Jul 17 at 7:45 AM

Kevin, they did say it was a round table discussion in the lead up to the story on the 11 PM newscasts. This video is only a portion of what was shown on the news last night. I was at this meeting. There was MUCH more said at the meeting than the short clips shown here. While I feel deeply for those who are having to deal with truly irresponsible neighbors, reckless firearms discharge is NOT the root of their problem.

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Kevin said on Thursday, Jul 17 at 7:11 AM

This was just a round table discussion so that the citizens could voice their opinions and ideas on what could be a reasonable solution. No one failed to mention that, the couple who had the problem, the problem came from a rundown mobile home park with a rampant drug problem. So how is restricting the use of firearms going to solve this?

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Sherra said on Thursday, Jul 17 at 12:14 AM

This story is wrong in that the proposed ordinance was NOT read twice. It was pulled from the agenda for the July 8th meeting and did not receive a second reading.

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