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Feb 2016

Gun Control and Local Government – National Trends for January 2016

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january-trending-topic-gun-controlIn January, the 1,146 organizations we monitor had a total of 1,383 meetings. Of those 1,383 meetings, there were 24 agenda items that concerned gun control. Several of these gun control agenda items are listed and discussed below.

Berkeley County, Moncks Corner, South Carolina

January 25, 2016
Ordinance 2221

Committee on Facilities and Infrastructure

Ordinance to prohibit discharging a firearm in the Sangaree Special Tax District.

Citizens of the Sangaree Special Tax District raised concerns with County Council members regarding a need to regulate the discharge of firearms near homes and schools within the District. It was proposed that there be limitations on the discharge of firearms in the area in an effort to promote the well-being and safety of the citizens. Firearm for these purposes is defined as any handgun, rifle, or shotgun that uses an explosion to expel a projectile.

The County Council was concerned about restricting the Second Amendment rights of the citizens by unreasonably inhibiting Berkeley County citizens’ ability to use a firearm.

There were several restrictions given such as when someone is defending their person or property, law enforcement or armed forces in the line of duty, and other properly permitted activities as defined by the law. Violation of this ordinance is deemed a misdemeanor and could face imprisonment of not more than 30 days, a $500 fine, or both.

The ordinance went to a vote and on January 25, 2016 it was defeated 5 to 2.

Miami Gardens, Florida

January 27, 2016
House Bill 4001

Resolution of the City Council of the City of Miami Gardens, Florida to oppose House Bill 4001.

House Bill 4001 would allow individuals to carry concealed weapons and firearms onto university or college campuses. It would also give lawmakers the right to carry concealed firearms and weapons on their chamber’s floor.

As the law stands, under Section 790.06(12)(a)(13) people with valid licenses for concealed firearms or weapon are prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm or weapon onto any university or college campus.

The only exemptions are if the licensee is a faculty member, employee, or a registered student of that university or college and the weapon can only be an electric, nonlethal device or weapon, such as a stun gun, that is designed specifically for the purpose of defense and dies not fire a projectile or dart.

Upon the adoption of House Bill 4001, Section 790.06(12)(a)(13) would be repealed. It would authorize individuals who have a valid concealed firearms or concealed weapons license to carry a concealed firearm or weapon into any university or college facility.

There was concern that allowing firearms or weapons onto university and college campuses would increase the opportunity or incidence for such weapons to be used.

On February 3, 2016, the Florida House passed the House Bill 4001 in a vote of 80-38. The next step is the Senate. Andy Gardiner, the Republican Senate President, voiced his reservations regarding the language of the bill that allows lawmakers to carry firearms on chamber floors. House Democrats have expressed similar concerns. Several other gun related bills were passed at the same time, including Senate Bill 228 and Senate Bill 130.

Akron County, Akron, Ohio

January 25, 2016
Resolution Number 6-2016

Resolution Number 6-2016 was written to show support for an Executive Action by President Barack Obama to reduce gun violence and make communities safer. This would be accomplished by improving background checks and reporting, increasing the funding for enforcement and treatment for mental health, closing the “gun show loophole,” and implementing the latest technology in gun safety. The resolution urges Congress to “take a meaningful, commonsense action to support the Administration’s action and to fund these measures appropriately.” This resolution also declared an emergency.

Resolution 6-2016 was passed on January 11, 2016 in a vote of 12-0.

Carlsbad City Council, Carlsbad, California

January 12, 2016
Ordinance CS-290

This ordinance was created to approve an amendment to a municipal code and an amendment to a zoning ordinance to add indoor shooting ranges as a “conditionally permitted use in the planned industrial zone and to establish development and operational standards for indoor shooting ranges.” It outlined all restrictions and permits associated with indoor shooting ranges in the zoning areas. The ordinance was introduced and first read at a regular Carlsbad City Council meeting on December 15, 2015.

A legal notice was published in the San Diego Union Tribune, CApublicnotice.com, and mobile.sduniontribune.com on January 7, 2016.

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A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Matt is creative director for voterheads, where he directs all website design, marketing/branding & advertising campaigns. He also serves on the Advisory board for USC's HRSM Alumni Society. Matt is a past recipient of The State newspaper's 20 under 40 award.I'm a dude, playin' a dude, disguised as another dude... or more appropriately, busy.

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