Oops, I meant to say Noise Ordinance, my bad.
A bordering county attempted to enact a noise ordinance which would effectively stop all shooting activities with the exception of self-defense, hunting, etc. There was no provision at all for practice such as self-defense and target on a home range. At least one commissioner could tell they have stirred up a hornets nest last month when they tried to pass the measure, but were missing a board member and the rules required every board member had to be present. They ultimately decided to strike the stipulations for guns, which will still allow the county to pursue those firing guns and creating loud noises, but will not strangle the shooting of firearms for target practice.
I’ve read several reports and best I can tell the issues are unmufflered ATVs riding on a course near another property and at least two instances where firearms are being discharged in or near neighborhoods. One was rectified earlier in the year when the owner decided to move the range elsewhere and keep the peace. The other was a guy shooting at targets in the backyard. It’s just not good practice to irritate the neighbors, ultimately the neighbors will find a way to make your life difficult in ways you did not foresee.
Now back to the Johnston County meeting. I watched the video and have read the proposed ordinance and the language is so vague it would be up to the sheriff to determine if you were in violation or not. Let’s say you have a sneezing fit due to allergies everyday at 8am as you depart and you are in a subdivision. The language is so vague even that natural phenomena could be called in as a violation. Now we all know no one will be fined or cuffed and stuffed over a sneeze, but how about a backfire on an old car you are working to restore, a motorcycle, a string of firecrackers on the Fourth of July, and of course our old friends the firearms? Where’s the line drawn? What is too loud? 100 feet away, 1,000 feet away, the next county over?
Anyway, if you are so inclined you can watch the Johnston County Commissioner’s video and see exactly what was stated. I especially like the line, “Judge and Jury,” which fully demonstrates the intent of the noise ordinance. At any rate, be careful if shooting in JCO, you might end up with a nice new set of bracelets.