SUMMERVILLE — An “assault weapons” ban won’t be on the Town Council agenda tonight. But council members will hear about one.

A petition drive is about to be launched to put a voter referendum on a ban on the November ballot. A coalition representing the Robynwyn and Palmetto Place neighborhoods will inform council members of the drive at the council meeting tonight at 7:30. The meeting takes place in Town Hall at 200 S. Main St.

Nearly 4,000 residents’ signatures are needed to get the question on the ballot in the town of about 25,000 registered voters. And getting it approved won’t be easy in a community where people cherish the gun-ownership tradition and are quick to argue for the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

After a driveway shooting in the neighborhood late last year, the coalition assembled more than 1,000 signatures on a petition that led to the town’s first community alert system, designed to let people in an affected area know immediately by text or email in violence or another emergency erupts in that area.

Read more details in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.