Two days after a contentious legislative session, Governor McCroy signs 18 bills into law. Among them is the amendment of various firearm laws. The problem is, many local municipalities enforce more restrictive laws.
Elected officials now have to go back in the books to make sure that their laws don't conflict with ones passed by the General Assembly.
"There are people who are very passionate about this issue. And I would expect there to be some discussion."
Greenville Attorney David Holec is gearing up for the discussions that he and the City Council are about to share. Before October first, the city has to alter their ordinances against firearms to meet the standards of the state's newest guidelines.
"It was restricted previously in 2010, we amended our ordinances to comply with it in 2010 and this is the second time it's being narrowed." Holec said.
Before the Governor signed HB 937, the city could prohibit concealed weapons from entering parks and playgrounds. But now those are on the safe list. City leaders will have the power to outlaw any firearms from entering inside city and also recreational buildings.
We retain the authority over municipal buildings; we also retain the authority related to athletic fields, swimming pools and facilities used for an athletic event.
9 On Your Side asked what the process is----how does the city become compliant with the state's law?
"We'll bring the new law to the attention of city council, and advise them where it conflicts with our current ordinance and ask their direction as to the manner they want to proceed." Holec said.
The Greenville City Council will not be taking up this issue at the upcoming meeting on August 5th. Attorney Holec says he does plan to bring it up sometime soon.