Jackson commissioners vote down gun measure

JEFFERSON — Jackson County commissioners have defeated a measure aimed at stopping people from firing guns on their property outside of self-defense, according to various media reports.

According to a report in the Athens Banner-Herald newspaper, county officials said the measure would not have infringed on residents’ Constitutional right to carry a firearm. But, that didn’t stop more than 200 people from showing up to a recent count commission meeting to express their displeasure with the proposal, according to the Commerce News’ online edition.

“To tell you the truth, I’m not for any gun control,” the Athens Banner-Herald quoted Commissioner Dwain Smith as saying. “We’ve already got state and federal (gun) laws — that’s enough.”

The proposed Jackson County measure was based on regulations already in place in a number of nearby municipalities, officials said, according to published reports.

The measure — or another one like it — is not likely to come up for discussion again any time soon, reports indicate.

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