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Georgia town sued for mandatory gun ownership ordinance

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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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