Public hearing on gun control in Cottageville Feb. 18

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A public hearing on proposed gun control ordinances in Cottageville will be held Tuesday Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. in council chambers. The text of the ordinances is below.

ORDINANCE 2020-01

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 14 – OFFENSES AGAINST THE PEACE SECTION – 14.702 WEAPONS. EXCEPTIONS. – OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF TOWN OF COTTAGEVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the Town of Cottageville to encourage and promote weapon safety within the boundaries of our Town: and

WHEREAS, THE Town of Cottageville Council strives to keep our laws current and relevant to best serve our citizens and to be in accord with the laws contained within the South Caroline Code Annotated.

NOW, THEREFORE,

IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF COTTAGEVILLE,

That Chapter 14 – offenses against the peace, Section 14.702 of the Code of Ordinance is hereby change and reads as follows:

14.702. WEAPONS. EXCEPTIONS.

It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or carry about the person, whether concealed or unconcealed on the Premises of Town of Cottageville’s. This includes any firearm, antique weapon (black powered), cannon, edged weapons, slingshot, air rifle, bows, crossbows any pistol unless authorized by the Chief of Police.

Any person failing to do so shall be guilty of the offense of Weapons. Exception.

If found guilty, violator will be fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500.00).

Definitions Of A Firearm That Are Not Permitted on Town of Cottageville Premises.

(a)“Pistol” applies to and includes any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, one or more projectiles at a time with manual or automatically reloading, by a single function of the trigger.

(b)“Machine Gun” applies to a includes any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. The term shall also include the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any combination or parts designed and intended for use in converting a weapon into a machine gun, and any combination of parts from which a machine gun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under cone control of a person.

(c)”Sawed-off Shotgun” means a shotgun having a barrel or barrels of less than eighteen inches in length or a weapon made from a shotgun which as modified has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches or a barrel or barrels of less than eighteen inches in length.

(d)”Shotgun” means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed shotgun shell to fire through a smooth bore either a number of ball shot or a single projectile for each pull of the trigger. The term includes any such weapon which may be readily restored to fire a fixed shotgun shell but does not include an antique firearm as defined in this section.

(e)”Sawed-off Rifle” means a rifle having a barrel or barrels of less than sixteen inches in length or a weapon made from a rifle which as modified has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches or a barrel or barrels of less than sixteen inches in length.

(f)”Rifle” means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed cartridge to fire only a single projectile through a rifled bore for each single pull of the trigger. The term includes any such weapon which may be readily restored to fire a fixed cartridge but does not include an antique firearm as described in this section.

(g)”Antique Firearm, Black Powder” means any firearm not designed or redesigned for using rim fire or conventional center fire ignition with fixed ammunition and manufactured in or before 1898 (including any matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system or replica thereof, whether actually manufactured before or after the year 1898) and also any firearm using fixed ammunition manufactured in or before 1898, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.

(h)”Military Firearm” means any military weapon, firearm, or destructive device, other than a machine gun, that is manufactured for military use by a firm licensed by the federal government pursuant to a contract with the federal government and does not include a pistol, rifle, or shotgun which fires only one shot for each pull of the trigger.

(i)”Air Rifle” applies to and includes any weapon which shoots whose projectile (such as a BB or pellet) is propelled by compressed air or carbon dioxide.

(j)”Pellet Rifle” applies to a non-spherical projectile designed to be fired from an air gun. Air gun pellets differ from bullets and shot used in firearms because of the pressures encountered: air guns operate at pressures as low as 50 atmospheres, while firearms operate at thousands of atmospheres.

(k)”Slingshot” applies to any forked stick, to which an elastic strap (or a pair of elastic bands connected by a small sling) is fastened to the two prongs, typically used for shooting small stones, and other small missiles. ... pistol, bomb, sword, gun, missile, cannon, rifle, machete, ammunition, firearm, knife, shotgun, revolver, catapult, dagger, spear, bayonet, ax, bludgeon, spike.

(l)”Bow Arrow” applies to and includes a ranged weapon system consisting of an elastic launching device (bow) and long-shafted projectiles (arrows). a weapon that is used to propel an arrow and that is made of a strip of flexible material (such as wood) with a cord connecting the two ends and holding the strip bent

(m)”Cross Bow” means to consisting of a short bow fixed transversely on a stock, made of wood, plastic or fiberglass, it has a groove to guide the missile, called a bolt, a sear to hold the string in the cocked position, and a trigger to release with its quicker rate of fire.

(n)”Cannon” a large, heavy gun usually mounted on a carriage a heavy-caliber automatic aircraft gun firing explosive shells any device for propelling a substance or object at high speeds

Except as follows:

Marshals, sheriffs, police officers or other law enforcement officers, or peace officers of the federal government or other states when they are carrying out official duties while in this state.

Unless or other person authorize by the Chief of Police.

Nothing contained herein, however, shall be construed to abridge the right of self-defense, to apply to theatricals or like performances or to peace officers in the discharge of their duties.

ORDINANCE 2020-01

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 14 – OFFENSES AGAINST THE PEACE SECTION – 14.702WEAPONS. EXCEPTIONS. – OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF TOWN OF COTTAGEVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA

This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon adoption

ATTEST:

__________________________ ________________________

Sandy E. Nettles MAYOR GRIMSLEY

________________________

1st Reading _____________ COUNCILMAN- SALHMANN

2ND Reading _____________ ________________________

COUNCILMAN – LOCKWOOD

________________________

COUNCILMAN – HUDSON

________________________

COUNCILMAN - UNDERWOOD

ORDINANCE 2020-02

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 14 – OFFENSES AGAINST THE PEACE SECTION – 14.706 DISCHARGE OF DANGEROUS DEVICES PROHIBITED. – OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF TOWN OF COTTAGEVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the Town of Cottageville to encourage and promote weapon safety within the boundaries of our Town: and

WHEREAS, THE Town of Cottageville Council strives to keep our laws current and relevant to best serve our citizens and to be in accord with the laws contained within the South Caroline Code Annotated.

NOW, THEREFORE,

IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF COTTAGEVILLE,

That Chapter 14 – Offences Against The Peace, Section 14.706 of the Code of Ordinance is hereby change and reads as follows:

14.706. - Discharge of dangerous devices prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to point at or discharge or cause to be discharged at any person any loaded or unloaded firearm of any kind.

It shall be unlawful, within the corporate limits, to fire, aim or discharge any air rifle, pellet rifle, slingshot, or other firearm, in any manner, which may be intentionally used to harm any person or property.

Nothing contained herein, however, shall be construed to abridge the right of self-defense, to apply to theatricals or like performances or to peace officers in the discharge of their duties.

Any person failing to do so shall be guilty of the offense of Discharge of dangerous devices prohibited.

If found guilty, violator will be fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500.00) .

Definitions Of A Firearm.

(a)“Pistol” applies to and includes any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, one or more projectiles at a time with manual or automatically reloading, by a single function of the trigger.

(b)“Machine Gun” applies to a includes any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. The term shall also include the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any combination or parts designed and intended for use in converting a weapon into a machine gun, and any combination of parts from which a machine gun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under cone control of a person.

(c)”Sawed-off Shotgun” means a shotgun having a barrel or barrels of less than eighteen inches in length or a weapon made from a shotgun which as modified has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches or a barrel or barrels of less than eighteen inches in length.

(d)”Shotgun” means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed shotgun shell to fire through a smooth bore either a number of ball shot or a single projectile for each pull of the trigger. The term includes any such weapon which may be readily restored to fire a fixed shotgun shell but does not include an antique firearm as defined in this section.

(e)”Sawed-off Rifle” means a rifle having a barrel or barrels of less than sixteen inches in length or a weapon made from a rifle which as modified has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches or a barrel or barrels of less than sixteen inches in length.

(f)”Rifle” means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed cartridge to fire only a single projectile through a rifled bore for each single pull of the trigger. The term includes any such weapon which may be readily restored to fire a fixed cartridge but does not include an antique firearm as described in this section.

(g)”Antique Firearm, Black Powder” means any firearm not designed or redesigned for using rim fire or conventional center fire ignition with fixed ammunition and manufactured in or before 1898 (including any matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system or replica thereof, whether actually manufactured before or after the year 1898) and also any firearm using fixed ammunition manufactured in or before 1898, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.

(h)”Military Firearm” means any military weapon, firearm, or destructive device, other than a machine gun, that is manufactured for military use by a firm licensed by the federal government pursuant to a contract with the federal government and does not include a pistol, rifle, or shotgun which fires only one shot for each pull of the trigger.

(i)”Air Rifle” applies to and includes any weapon which shoots whose projectile (such as a BB or pellet) is propelled by compressed air or carbon dioxide.

(j)”Pellet Rifle” applies to a non-spherical projectile designed to be fired from an air gun. Air gun pellets differ from bullets and shot used in firearms because of the pressures encountered: air guns operate at pressures as low as 50 atmospheres, while firearms operate at thousands of atmospheres.

(k)”Slingshot” applies to any forked stick, to which an elastic strap (or a pair of elastic bands connected by a small sling) is fastened to the two prongs, typically used for shooting small stones, and other small missiles. ... pistol, bomb, sword, gun, missile, cannon, rifle, machete, ammunition, firearm, knife, shotgun, revolver, catapult, dagger, spear, bayonet, ax, bludgeon, spike.

(l)”Bow Arrow” applies to and includes a ranged weapon system consisting of an elastic launching device (bow) and long-shafted projectiles (arrows). a weapon that is used to propel an arrow and that is made of a strip of flexible material (such as wood) with a cord connecting the two ends and holding the strip bent

(m)”CrossBow” means to consisting of a short bow fixed transversely on a stock, made of wood, plastic or fiberglass, it has a groove to guide the missile, called a bolt, a sear to hold the string in the cocked position, and a trigger to release with its quicker rate of fire.

(n)”Cannon” a large, heavy gun usually mounted on a carriage a heavy-caliber automatic aircraft gun firing explosive shells any device for propelling a substance or object at high speeds

ORDINANCE 2020-02

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 14 – OFFENSES AGAINST THE PEACE SECTION – 14.706 DISCHARGE OF DANGEROUS DEVICES PROHIBITED. – OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF TOWN OF COTTAGEVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA

This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon adoption

ATTEST:

__________________________ ________________________

Sandy E. Nettles MAYOR GRIMSLEY

________________________

1st Reading _____________ COUNCILMAN- SALHMANN

2ND Reading _____________ ________________________

COUNCILMAN – LOCKWOOD

________________________

COUNCILMAN – HUDSON

________________________

COUNCILMAN - UNDERWOOD

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