Gunfire a concern in Horry County neighborhoods

Gunfire a concern in Horry County neighborhoods

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Hearing a gun go off is understandable in rural wooded areas, but some Horry County residents are voicing their frustrations with gun owners firing their weapons a little too close to home.

William Wood is an Air Force veteran who knows about guns and even likes to hunt. However, after bullets came flying by his house, he said it's time for a change.

"The bullets were still coming through, so I took off and I ran through my gate, ran across some property I have over here and got behind a tree. I couldn't go anywhere." he said.

Wood lives near the Pine Island Estates neighborhood off of S.C. 544 near Coastal Carolina University. He says in recent years gunshots have become an everyday thing.

"Horry County has grown in the last, my goodness, 20 years or so, and the people who own guns and get our there and just fire anywhere on their property, just don't take into consideration all the growth that's going on around here," he said.

That growth is exactly the reason why Horry County spokesperson Lisa Bourcier admits the county's gun laws may be a little outdated.

"There basically aren't any regulating discharging a firearm on private property. State law does have ordinances or laws on the books regarding discharging of firearms into a facility or a dwelling, a watercraft, a vehicle, an airplane, but not, in general, on property." said Bourcier.

She added lawmakers would not look to hinder property owners from firing their weapons in certain areas, but it's important to be mindful when near a community.

"Not only does it disrupt into the late hours and disrupt their livelihood, but it also is a safety issue." said Bourcier.

Bourcier added this issue will be brought up at the next Horry County Public Safety Committee meeting, and that council could look at coming up with a new ordinance in the near future.

"I'm just hoping they'll do something about that," Wood said. "It's more than safety. It's disturbing the peace and people who have been in the military, and people who've had problems with disaster before, they get scared when they hear bullets."

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