Oconee County legal issue
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    Oconee County legal issue

    I think I have stirred up a hornet's nest in Oconee County. I asked a simple (or i thought a simple) question of the county attorney. Oconee has a rule against handgun possession in county parks and public access areas (boat landings, etc.). The first response I received was short and to the point. It basically said the county stands behind the ban.

    I presented the county attorney with this from the SC code of laws:

    SECTION 23-31-510. Prohibition against regulation of certain matters.
    No governing body of any county, municipality, or other political subdivision in this State may enact or promulgate any regulation or ordinance which regulates or attempts to regulate the transfer, ownership, possession, carrying, or transportation of firearms, ammunition, components of firearms, or any combination of these things.

    and also this:

    (G) Possessing any firearm, airgun, explosive, or firework except by duly authorized park personnel, law enforcement officers, or persons using areas specifically designated by the department for use of firearms, airguns, fireworks, or explosives. Licensed hunters may have firearms in their possession during hunting seasons provided that such firearms are unloaded and carried in a case or the trunk of a vehicle except that in designated game management areas where hunting is permitted, licensed hunters may use firearms for hunting in the manner authorized by law. This subsection shall not apply to a person carrying a concealable weapon pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 31, Title 23, and the concealable weapon and its ammunition.

    Notice there is a provision specifically stating this does not apply to cwp holders. My point is Oconee County is in violation of state law.

    Anyone else in Oconee county is welcome to push this with me. Also, tell me if you think I am incorrect since I am no attorney!

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    Dec 2007
    Greenville, SC
    That is very interesting. My Step dad works in Oconee County quite a bit, and he has carried in all of the above places you mentioned - he does tree work. I would like to hear the outcome of this...
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    I am waiting on the second response from the county attorney. Will post as soon as (if) i get an answer. If I do not, I am uncertain where to go next with this.

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    Gray Court, SC
    I think you have a good case against them. Counties cannot add to the states laws on weapons they can only enforce what the state has on the books.
    USAF Retired, CATM, SC CWP, NH NR CWP, NRA Benefactor
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    My opinion, for what it's worth, is you are right. I didn't know that Oconee had tried to do this.... depending on the 2nd response, I would contact the state AG about it.

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    I just looked at Pickens county code of law and they have the same restriction against carry in a county park without the clause excluding cwp holders. Maybe this is a state wide thing and I have missed something...

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    Update on this: I just received an email from State Representative Bill Whitmire stating that he is taking this matter to the Attorney General for an opinion on my behalf. I will post as soon as i hear from him again.

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    I just re-read the oconee county law you posted... and after it says you can't then it says you can... as a CWP holder. It reads to me like they put firearms in there and then took them out... in a way. Quite and example of poorly worded legaleez.

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    If you refer to item G from the original post, that is state law which allows it in state parks. The actual county ordinance states this (notice there is no provision for cwp as the state law has):

    (5) Possessing any firearm, airgun, explosive or firework except by duly authorized park personnel, law enforcement officers or persons using areas specifically designated by the director of the parks and recreation department and or the Corps for use of firearms, airguns, fireworks or explosives.

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    But as I read it .....it says the restriction, county law or what ever forbidding the items including firearms...DOES NOT apply to CWP holders... which means you CAN carry in the county park.

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