Georgia town sued for mandatory gun ownership ordinance

gun_womanA gun regulation advocacy group filed a lawsuit in federal district court against a small Georgia town, its mayor and town council members because of its new ordinance requiring gun ownership by its residents.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, named after James Brady, who was permanently disabled during an attempt to assassinate then-President Ronald Reagan, is a Washington based, filed its lawsuit in the federal court in Gainesville, Ga., against the town of Nelson on behalf of Harold Lamar Kellett, described in the complaint as “a longstanding resident of the City and a member of the Brady Center.”

Paragraph three of the complaint lists people exempted from gun ownership as those who “(1) ‘suffer from a physical or mental disability,’ (2) are ‘paupers,’ (3) ‘conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine,’ or (4) have been ‘convicted of a felony.’”

Kellett claims he meets none of these criteria — he just doesn’t want to buy a gun.

“In this lawsuit we seek to establish that the government does not have the authority to compel Americans to buy guns or bring them into their homes,” said the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project Director Jonathan Lowy in a released statement, according to U.S. News and World Report.

“Forcing residents to buy guns they do not want or need won’t make the City of Nelson or its people any safer, and only serves to increase gun sales and gun industry profits. A gun brought into your home is far more likely to be used to injure or kill a family member, than to ward off an intruder.”

Nelson has one full-time police officer working a standard 8-hour shift each day. During the other 16 hours, the town has to look to others for support, according to WSBTV-2 News.

“When he’s not here we rely on county sheriffs — however it takes a while for them to get here,” said Nelson City Councilman Duane Cronic.

The problem lies in the fact that Nelson straddles two counties, making response times excessive. Hence the ordinance.

“It’s a deterrent ordinance,” said Cronic, who proposed it. “It tells the potential intruder you better think twice.”

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  • Miles

    “Forcing residents to buy guns they do not want or need won’t make the City of Nelson or its people any safer" …so does forcing people to buy healthcare insurance make people healthier?

    Throw the case out of court unless you include the HHS tax

    • CARL

      hey miles. can you tell somebodys a lib.especially since his post starts with name calling and hate .when the libs need protecting they can call harry or barry or hillary or george . but dont count on a REAL american to save them while they are waiting on the government police .

    • http://kj4joa,info KJ4JOA

      I'm with Miles on this one. As a former resident of Kennesaw, GA, where the law states that its residents will own a firearm, I never heard a complaint. Explain something…

      Harold Lamar Kellett,[is] described in the complaint as “a longstanding resident of the City and a member of the Brady Center.” (The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence)

      (3) conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine

      By associating yourself with that organization, exemption 3 above does apply to you, so shut up, don't by a gun, and claim your exemption.

      If I can be forced to wear a seat belt, drive the speed limit, have insurance on my truck, car, boat, atv, and health insurance. then I guess I can be expected to own a gun. I have no problem with that, for reasons of security. I also understand "deterrent ordinance". If you thought for one second that the occupant of the home you were about to invade was armed, would you chance getting shot. Stay the course Nelson, GA. His case should be thrown out.

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  • benny

    Miles your an ass. It is not an enforced thing. Do you live there if not shut up.

  • Ron

    (3) ‘conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine'

    Seems to me this that applies to the guy filing the suit. Suit not needed and should be thrown out.

  • Ian

    Well why not compel citizens to buy something they dont want? At least there are opt out clauses! BUT by the same token the Federal government are compelling me to buy Obamacare cover that I do not want and cannot afford. The premium for me, not been to a doctor since 1964 is $555 a month, more than my income! DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD TO DO it will all go away when thye citizens of this fine country revolt against all this democratic party mandates before we become another Russia. Adolf Obama needs to be sent back to kenya to organize all those African Villagers. He and others ruined Chicago (a gun owners nightmare, which intruder do I shoot first) and he is bent on doing the same to every city in America.