The Columbia city council in South Carolina voted unanimously to pass three ordinances that are stirring up public anger.
The first ordinance makes it illegal to carry weapons within 1000 feet of schools. The second gives families and law enforcement the power to take away guns. The third would make “Hate Intimidation” a crime.
The Greenville News reports that the gun possession law is to protect someone at “extreme risk.”
“The orders can be issued at the request of either a police officer or a family member, if the individual is determined to be at risk of suicide, has committed or threatened acts of violence. The person would then have to turn over all firearms to law enforcement or a licensed gun dealer for as long as the order is in effect,” the paper reported.
According to Democrat mayor, Steve Benjamin, the restrictive ordinances were meant to send a message to the world.
“This type of ordinance, and the other ordinances we’ve been taking up, speaks clearly not only to the people who live here but the rest of the world,” Mayor Steve Benjamin said.
But others disagreed with the ordinance messages.
“I don’t think I need this hate crime bill,” resident Charlie Davis said. “There is a law against murder already. All this is doing is selecting out some people to say they are more important.”
“My 9-year-old knows that you’re innocent until proven guilty, and you can’t be deprived of your rights unless you’re proven guilty,” Dan Roberts said.
“This is typical Leftist lunacy,” said Ruppert Baird.