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.


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