- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) - For the first time in its history, Harnett County has a firearms discharge ordinance.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1LJc7tc) county commissioners passed the ordinance Monday, despite several residents asking the board to table it.

The ordinance carries a $50 fine for violators and it takes effect immediately. Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins said the ordinance meets a need for law enforcement to have a “basic framework” to deal with unsafe shooting practices in the county.

Rollins said there have been people in the county who were unsafe with their guns. He said while the ordinance doesn’t take away gun rights, it provides protection for residents.

The ordinance excludes shooting while hunting, in self-defense of life or property, or community events such as permitted turkey shoots and ceremonial or historic re-enactments.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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