Georgia town seeks to make gun ownership mandatory

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While lawmakers at every level of government are scrambling to make their gun laws tougher than the rest, one small Georgia town is heading in the opposite direction — it would like to see everyone own a firearm.

Nelson, Ga., 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 proposed ordinance.

“It’s a deterrent ordinance,” said Cronic, who proposed the ordinance. “It tells the potential intruder you better think twice.” City leaders could make it law next week. “Every head of household will own and maintain a firearm,” he said.

Cronic isn’t alone in his thinking. Nelson resident Bill McNiff supports the whole idea.

“I think every city should do it. I think it should go countywide too,” McNiff said.

Read more at WSBTV-2 News.


2 thoughts on “Georgia town seeks to make gun ownership mandatory

  1. KB Cook says:

    Kennesaw, GA has a gun-owner law and has for quite a while.

  2. Michael Spencer says:

    Kennesaw, GA has had that law in place since 1982.

    The larger issue is that it's just as wrong for a government to mandate that people own guns as it is for a government to mandate that people can't own guns. The right to own guns is protected by the 2nd Amendment in the US Constitution. And it should remain the right of each individual to decide if they personally wish to own a gun or not.

    On the other hand, the city of Nelson, GA got what they wanted with this action: free publicity and some reporters actually stopping in Nelson to interview city officials and hopefully spend some money there… LOL!

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