A Georgia town has passed a law requiring its citizens to own a gun and ammunition -- a measure one councilman says is similar to putting a security sign in your front yard to deter criminals.
The ordinance in the town of Nelson, population 1,300, contains no penalties, has exemptions for felons and the mentally ill and allows anyone to opt out. Town leaders said they wanted to make a point about gun rights.
The law requires the head of every household to own a gun and ammo to "provide for the emergency management of the city" and "provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.
The law is also meant to pre-empt any future attempt by the federal government to confiscate guns, according to the council's agenda.
"Some people have security systems, some people don't, but they put those signs up," Councilman Duane Cronic said. "I really felt like this ordinance was a security sign for our city."
The ordinance passed 5-0 on Monday night and takes effect in 10 days. Nelson is about 50 miles north of Atlanta.
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