Ga. Town Makes Guns Mandatory
... except for people who object
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2013 4:02 AM CDT
The Nelson, Ga. City Council meets to vote on a mandatory gun ownership ordinance for all heads-of-household.   (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)

(Newser) – As lawmakers in Connecticut unveiled tough new gun control measures, a small city in northern Georgia was speeding in the opposite direction. The Family Protection Ordinance that was approved unanimously by the city council in Nelson, population 1,300, makes gun ownership mandatory for all heads of household, the AP reports. The ordinance, however, makes exemptions for convicted felons, people with certain disabilities—and anybody who objects to gun ownership.

The councilman who sponsored the measure says he believes it will make the city safer, even with the exemptions. "I likened it to a security sign that people put up in their front yards. Some people have security systems, some people don't, but they put those signs up," he says. "I really felt like this ordinance was a security sign for our city. Basically it was a deterrent ordinance to tell potential criminals they might want to go on down the road a little bit." According to the council's agenda, the ordinance is also a move to block "any future attempt by the federal government to confiscate personal firearms."

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PaulUK2901
Apr 7, 2013 10:59 AM CDT
fantastic use of tax payer's money. Create a new law that won't be enforced and you can ignore if you disagree with it? Next week the new legislation is mandatory wife swapping, unless you don't want to, or you disagree with it. At least it's keeping the printer busy.
dropkick
Apr 3, 2013 2:05 AM CDT
I think this idea is based on what I understand one of the outlying Atlanta townships to have done back in the late 80's. (Marietta?) They instituted a law requiring every home owner to have a gun (unenforced - you could ignore it if you wished to). Directly after passing this "law" their crime rate dropped by 80%. disclaimer: I was told about this when I worked in Atlanta from 1997-2000. I don't have any direct knowledge other than what I was told by co-workers who lived in Atlanta. However all this gun control crap wasn't going on (at the level it now is) at that time so gun control had little if nothing to do with me being told about this. Also this story was told to me by several different people at different times, so I tend to believe it.
M_Polk
Apr 2, 2013 11:59 PM CDT
Since it is mandatory for all it IS stated that a weapon should be here. In my case there is no safety with a gun due to partially controlled seizures. But, I am not allowed to use a machete. They admit the law is unenforceable and a sham. Next time a gathering of nutcases come out please instead make it mandatory for everyone to have a machete. Plus the training. This entire thing would be much less expensive. With a machete there would not have to be a background check It doesn't jam and won't accidentally go off. Your neighbors won't have the risk of your machete going through their wall and killing them. Use of a whetstone while keeping it sharpened is relaxing There is no hassle with high capacity magazines. The NRA can't justify the Second Amendment Lanza was able to fire 154 rounds and take out 26 people in under 5 minutes with an AR-15. Try doing that with a machete. Those weapons, even with the best of intentions, are going to raise the incidents of accidental shootings or deaths.