GA Town Passes Law Requiring Each Household to Own a Firearm

April 2 2013
by GSL Staff
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According to, Council members in Nelson, a city of about 1,300 residents that’s located 50 miles north of Atlanta, voted unanimously to approve the Family Protection Ordinance. The measure requires every head of household to own a gun and ammunition to “provide for the emergency management of the city” and to “provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.”

Not that every household must go out and purchase a firearm.

The ordinance exempts convicted felons and those who suffer from certain physical or mental disabilities, as well as anyone who objects to gun ownership. The ordinance also doesn’t include any penalty for those who don’t comply.

The ordinance is obviously mostly for show and is meant to be a show of support for gun rights by a local government and its residents.

Nelson will become the second GA city to have such an ordinance. Kennesaw, a suburb of Atlanta, has had a similar law on the books since 1982. Kennesaw boasts having the lowest violent crime rates in the greater Atlanta area, despite being a short drive from other areas in the Atlanta area known for high crime. Kennesaw is also one Family Circle magazines “10 best towns for families” due to its lower than normal crime rates. (Source: Wikipedia)

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