FLORENCE, SC – The city of Florence may soon get into the gun control debate.
On the agenda for Monday’s 1 p.m. meeting of the Florence City Council is the first reading of an ordinance that would ban the carrying of open weapons during events authorized by the city and also ban the wearing of weapons opened and concealed on city property.
The proposed ordinance was developed in response to a new law passed by the South Carolina General Assembly and enacted by Governor Henry McMaster that allows residents of the state to openly carry certain firearms if they have followed an appropriate safety course.
The new law gives towns and villages the ability to restrict the open carrying of firearms on public property during and during events authorized by the town or city. The list of events where the open carrying of firearms includes demonstrations, rallies, parades, fairs and festivals.
The new law also does not expressly prohibit government entities or businesses from restricting the opening of the carrying of weapons on their property.
The ordinance proposed by Florence uses these two articles of law to prohibit the carrying of open-air weapons during events authorized by the city and to prohibit the carrying of firearms on city property. The ordinance also amends several sections of the city code to require permits for demonstrations and gatherings to ensure that these events are covered by law.