HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Plans for a gun range on the Solid Waste Authority Site near Highway 90 were shot down at an Horry County Infrastructure and Regulation meeting Tuesday morning.
Councilman Johnny Vaught announced to the standing-room-only crowd at the meeting that the staff will look for another location for the gun range because so many people voiced their concerns about its proposed location.
James Galantino, who lives near where the gun range would have been installed, started a petition earlier this month.
"A gun range is not a bad thing. I'm not against a gun range, but it needs to be put in a location where it doesn't violate anyone's rights," said James Galantino, who lives in Hillsborough. "Not the rights of people who are Second Amendment who want to shoot and it doesn't violate the rights of people who want to live in a peaceful and tranquil society."
Galantino said the proposed location of the gun range would have been in the middle of 2,000 homes. He was concerned about the sound of gunfire disturbing residents, and especially veterans who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
"When you're at home and all of a sudden you start hearing gunfire, that is what's a trigger," Galantino said.
He was also nervous about people's safety.
"Even with the best of care with gun ranges, a stray bullet can happen," Galantino said. "God forbid if that happens and it kills a child or a parent."