Officials in Nelson, Georgia, have proposed an ordinance that would require “the head of household” in every home to own a gun and ammunition (video below).
According to WSB-TV, town leaders drafted the ordinance because they only have one police officer on duty for eight hours a day in the tiny city of 1,300 residents.
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They are worried about the lack of protection during the 16 hours when no police officer is patrolling.
“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.
Cronic’s proposed ordinance reads: “In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition.”
However, anyone with a “physical or mental disability,” felons, “paupers” and those “who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine” would not have to own a gun.
“It’s a deterrent ordinance,” Cronic said. “It tells the potential intruder you better think twice.”
Cronic failed to mention that most gun murders are actually committed by family members and friends, per the FBI.