Cherokee County will hold a public hearing May 21 on proposed restrictions on where people can discharge firearms in nonemergency situations. AJC FILE

Cherokee sets hearing on firearms discharge rules

A public hearing has been set for May on a proposed Cherokee County measure that would prohibit firing one’s gun too close to homes, businesses or places of public assembly.

The Cherokee Board of Commissioners called the public hearing for Tuesday, May 21, at its second meeting of the month, to seek public comment on rules governing the “nonemergency discharge” of firearms.

The proposed ordinance amendment cites complaints to county law enforcement “regarding the discharge of firearms in or near many residential/commercial areas” and public safety concerns.

The restrictions would apply to parcels of less than 60,000 square feet; within 100 yards of a residence or place of public assembly, worship or business; or within 50 yards of a public highway, the ordinance says.

Among the exceptions: They would not apply to people acting in self defense; shooting on a permitted range; law enforcement officers carrying out their duties; or those hunting on their own property (subject to state law and regulations). Information: https://bit.ly/2IGRwf5

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