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Proposal would restrict where DeSoto Co. residents can fire guns

(WMC-TV) - A new proposal would restrict where DeSoto County residents can fire their guns.

Gun enthusiasts weighed in on the proposal Wednesday.

"In DeSoto County, there is a public shooting range, but not anywhere you can shoot rifles unless you're a member of the DeSoto Pistol Club," said Jeff Duncan with the Gun Exchange.

DeSoto County Supervisors have tabled a discussion of a proposed firearms ordinance that would regulate discharge of firearms in unincorporated areas, which are increasingly becoming more densely populated.

"DeSoto County has become much more populated than it was 20 years ago, and that's just not in our urban areas," said DeSoto County Administrator Michael Garrigan.  "There are a lot of people who have moved to the more rural areas."

According to Garrigan, law enforcement officials have had several reports from residences which were shot in to by people shooting at targets.  Some calls have even come in to the DeSoto County Sheriff.

"His officers have to respond to shots fired calls, and they're just a number of calls," said Garrigan.

Garrigan said some members of the Board of Supervisors moved to table the matter because they have issues or concerns with it.

"Before the board takes any action, they want to listen to what their constituents have to say," he said.  "They want to hear from both sides of the issue."

While Duncan said he agrees the proposed restrictions are in no way directed at hunters, he said the safety of residents is always a top priority.

"All of our customers come in and say there's no way to shoot, so obviously the people that own land feel they have the right to shoot in their own property as long as they're not endangering our citizens," said Duncan.  "It's a tough call."

Garrigan said he expects there will be a series of meetings on the matter to get the public's input.

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