Horry County council discusses gun laws

In front of a packed house of more than 100, Horry County Council talked the issue of gun laws during its Tuesday night meeting.

Council passed a resolution to better enforce laws already in place in the unincorporated areas. Those existing laws include the noise ordinance and public disorderly conduct.

"We want our rights as citizens of Horry County and rural Horry County especially to be taken care of and we want our fundamental rights," resident Jim Causey said.

"These are good law abiding people here. And they just want to be able to protect themselves and their families," Buck Sawyer, a concealed weapons instructor at the meeting said.

Right now, there are no restrictions on where you can shoot a gun in the unincorporated parts of Horry County.

The county's Public Safety Committee met a week and a half ago to explore if more gun rules were needed. At that public safety meeting, it was decided to recommend to council that the county better enforce the laws already in place rather than implementing new laws.

The meeting was the result of complaints from residents in a neighborhood on Highway 544 because an outdoor concealed weapons class was being held next to homes.

Donald Comfort is the teacher of the concealed weapons class that was the catalyst for the resolution.

"It's good to get it out in the open, to get it settled once and for all, that's the way the democratic process works," he said.

Comfort says he's since moved his class from the Hwy. 544 location, and says he's glad those who were upset were able to speak up. He also adds that he's happy council went with the majority.