Nelson, Georgia, Passes Law Requiring Gun Ownership

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A new ordinance requiring town residents to own guns was adopted by the city council of Nelson, Georgia, on Monday night.

Under the terms of the measure, every head of household must own a gun and ammunition to "provide for the emergency management of the city" and to "provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants."

The new law, which goes into effect in 10 days, contains no penalties for not owning a gun and exempts anyone who objects. Convicted felons and those with certain mental and physical disabilities are also not requited to have firearms. Proponents of the edict say they are simply trying to make a point about gun rights.

City Councilman Duane Cronic sponsored the measure. He is aware that the ordinance won’t be enforced, but he thinks that it will make Nelson - with a population of 1,300 - safer, according to ABC News.

"I likened it to a security sign that people put up in their front yards," he said. "Some people have security systems, some people don't, but they put those signs up. I really felt like this ordinance was a security sign for our city."

Another purpose of the newly-approved Family Protection Ordinance is "opposition of any future attempt by the federal government to confiscate personal firearms."

Nelson resident Lamar Kellett was one of two people who opposed the measure. He spoke out during the public hearing and questioned what the point was of having a law that wouldn’t be enforced.

"Does this mean now 55 miles an hour speed limit means 65, 80, whatever you choose?" he asked. "There's not a whole lot of difference. A law's a law."

Kellett said the ordinance won't encourage people like him who don't want a gun to go out and buy one.

Sources: ABC News,  Atlanta Journal-Constitution