SPARTANBURG COUNTY – The Spartanburg County Council’s citizens advisory committee studying whether an ordinance will help stop random gunfire in densely populated neighborhoods across the county is also considering other, less formal solutions.
The county council formed the committee in June after several residents who live in the Hillbrook subdivision complained about hearing gunfire nearby. While the City of Spartanburg has an ordinance prohibiting discharging a firearm within city limits, there is no such ordinance in the county. (or in any other Upstate county.)
Laurie Wilson, who lives in the Hillbrook subdivision, said she doesn’t even feel safe when she’s outside in her backyard rose garden. “Look how close these house are,” she said. “No telling what you might hit – a person, a child.”
Deputy County Administrator Jim Hipp, who serves on the committee, said other options include a civil penalty or fine and a restraining order. He said, however, that the committee hasn’t ruled out an ordinance.
“It would depend on the neighborhood,” said subdivision resident and gun owner Ray Childers. “If you lived in a neighborhood where all the houses were close together, you shouldn’t be able just to fire at will.”
The committee will meet again on July 28. In the meantime, committee members will seek input from residents in communities and subdivisions across the county.