Georgia town passes law requiring residents to own guns

ATLANTA Mon Apr 1, 2013 10:32pm EDT

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ATLANTA (Reuters) - A small Georgia town on Monday passed a law requiring the head of each household to own a gun as a way to keep crime down.

The ordinance, approved unanimously by the City Council in Nelson, is symbolic, however, because there is no penalty for violating it, according to Councilman Duane Cronic, who introduced the measure last month.

It serves as an expression of support for gun rights and sends a message to would-be criminals, Cronic said.

The measure was passed amid the debate over gun laws in the United States following the December shooting rampage in which a gunman killed 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school.

The Nelson ordinance exempts convicted felons, residents with physical and mental disabilities and those who do not believe in owning firearms, Cronic said.

Crime in Nelson, which has only one police officer, consists mainly of petty theft, Cronic said. Some 1,300 people live in the town, about 50 miles north of Atlanta.

Last month similar proposed gun ordinances were rejected in the small towns of Byron and Sabbatus in Maine.

(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Mohammad Zargham)

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Comments (36)
grizzmann wrote:
Will the non-gun owners, please, post, gun free zone signs.

Apr 02, 2013 7:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
spagester wrote:
Another town, Kennesaw, in Georgia has has a similar law on the books for several years. The crime rate their is significantly lower than the state and national averages. Violent crime rates began to drop just after the law was passed, and continued to drop at at rate that was faster than the the national average.

I guess crude mouthed, elitist liberals have something to learn.

Apr 02, 2013 7:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
microboob wrote:
Finally something that makes sense when it comes to gun law. Perpetuators might think twice if they knew someone on the other end has a gun and might shoot them. Government can outlaw guns, outlaw knives, hammers, rope, etc. but if someone has the intention to kill another person they will find a way to do it, irrespective of what they choose as a weapon!

Apr 02, 2013 8:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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