Just a couple of weeks ago, Berkeley County Council voted against banning the firing of guns in certain areas of the county. However, News 2 has learned a new, similar proposal may soon come before Council.
Sangaree Elementary and Intermediate are literally surrounded by neighborhoods. Sangaree schools have been put on lockdown a number of times when someone nearby fired a gun in their yard.
Councilman Tommy Newell says that right now that is legal. He said he does not plan to stop until that changes. “I’m not letting it go away.”
Newell only had one other vote when his proposal that would have banned the firing of guns in Sangaree Special Tax District came before council Jan 11th.
But he says just a day or two after that vote by council, “somebody was shooting inside their house. That brought the Sangaree schools on lockdown.”
He says, “my constituents want it. (Last time) I went about it the wrong way.”
Newell says he did not realize council members would be as opposed to it. He does not believe his plan interferes with the 2nd amendment. So he is consulting an organization you might not expect. “I sent the ordinance, and some other issues, and sent that to the NRA (National Rifle Association,) to give me their views on it.”
He is also gathering more resident data before deciding exactly what will be part of a new proposed ordinance. “Sangaree is having a newsletter printed that would have a petition that way we will see how many people want it and how many don’t want it. So I’ll get the voice from the people and the voice from the NRA and take that to council.”
He says he is fairly confident that this new path will work. We asked him what other member of county council are saying about this plan. “They said that if I have the NRA behind this, there won’t be a problem.”
Newell says he is hoping to hear back from the NRA in the next few days to a week. He said he is not planning to add this to next week’s agenda, but he may add it to the agenda for the council meeting in 3 weeks.