Arms in Every Nelson Georgia Home
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Apr 2, 2013
Georgia Town Requires Arms in Every Home, but Won't Enforce Rule
small north Georgia town is now requiring that its citizens own guns.
But in a sign of how divisive gun rights remain, the town council doesn't plan to enforce the measure, passed Monday night as a show of support for the Second Amendment.
The council in Nelson, a town of 1,300 in the foothills of Georgia's mountains, about 50 miles north of Atlanta, unanimously passed "the Family Protection Ordinance." It requires heads of households to own guns and ammunition, but allows numerous exemptions—including if people just don't want a gun in their house. It also carries no penalties.
Councilman Jackie Jarrett, 61 years old, said that he voted for the ordinance in part to send a signal to the federal government. "We don't appreciate them doing away with our Second Amendment rights," he said.
He also said the aim was to let criminals know that any home they might burglarize in the town may have a gun, which he said in Nelson was "pretty much already the case."
The ordinance was adapted from a similar one passed in 1982 in Kennesaw, Ga., where officials said they were trying to reduce crime. The Kennesaw officials didn't enforce the law either.
The idea was brought to Nelson council members by local tea-party activists, Mr. Jarrett said.
Those exempt from the gun rule include people opposed to guns for "beliefs or religious doctrine," anyone convicted of a felony, people who are too poor to own a gun and people who are too mentally or physically ill to handle a gun.
Mr. Jarrett said the city is made up of "simple country people," many of whom are hunters. He said everyone who spoke at the council meeting Monday supported the ordinance, except for one person, whom he described as "a tree-hugger."
Nelson is so small it has no gas station, no restaurants and one police officer. At Big John's Dawg House, a restaurant outside Nelson on Ball Ground Highway, owner John Cobb said the ordinance "doesn't change nothing because everybody around here already has got a gun. I think it was just a way to get Nelson on TV."
Mr. Cobb, 45 years old, said he carries a gun. "Customers come in all the time with guns strapped to their hip," he said. "It's not any big deal. You just get used to it."
#2 Apr 2, 2013
The tree hugger was my Komrade Iowan
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