Town Sued for Requiring Residents to Own Guns
Officials in Nelson, Georgia, say law is mostly symbolic
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2013 2:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – The tiny town of Nelson, Georgia, is facing a court battle after passing a law that requires all households to own a gun and ammunition. The DC-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence had filed a federal lawsuit against the town on the grounds that the law, which was passed in April, is unconstitutional, and violates the 1st and 14th Amendments, reports CNN. "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," said a spokesman in a statement.

But town leaders say the law is largely symbolic, is not actually being enforced, and anyone who opposes gun ownership on moral or religious grounds can opt out, reports Fox News. Advocates of the law say it's more of a statement about the lax police protection offered to the 1,300-resident town, and a protest against the push toward stricter gun control at a federal level.

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Jul 30, 2013 3:21 AM CDT
Hmmm Mini Switzerland right here in the states. Wish that was my town.
May 19, 2013 1:26 PM CDT
Does that mean we can all sue the federal government over the MANDATE that we MUST buy health insurance under OblamaCare?
May 19, 2013 12:45 PM CDT
Which is safer, the Georgia town with its requirement that people own guns, of Washington, DC, home of the Brady group that has strong anti-gun laws? Indeed, where the liberals run the show, and anti-gun laws are on the books, usually the crime rates and murder rates are far higher than in conservative areas. The anti-gun lobby is in reality, the pro-crime lobby.