July 13, 2013
An ordinance passed by a small town in Georgia requiring residents to own guns has sparked a battle between the town and a national gun control group about the constitutionality of the law and gun rights in general, according to the Associated Press.
Nelson, Ga., is a town of a little over 1,000 people located about an hour north of Atlanta. The Nelson City Council passed a law called the Family Protection Ordinance in April that required every head of household to own a gun and ammunition unless they met one of a few conditions such as being a convicted felon, suffering from a disability or conscientiously objecting to gun ownership because of religious beliefs, reports the Associated Press.
In the law it states that the reason for gun ownership is 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.” When the law was passed the police chief, who happens to be the only police officer, said that he did not plan on enforcing the law, it was really just meant as a warning to potential burglars, according to the Associated Press.