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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 7:03am

City Could Mandate Guns

Updated: 1 year ago.
A north Georgia city is considering passing an ordinance to make gun ownership mandatory. Leaders of Nelson — a city of just over 1,300 about 50 miles north of downtown Atlanta — say with one police officer on patrol eight hours a day, city residents are left virtually unprotected for 16 hours per day. (Photo Courtesy of Robert Nelson via Flickr.)

A north Georgia city is considering passing an ordinance to make gun ownership mandatory.

Leaders of Nelson — a city of just over 1,300 about 50 miles north of downtown Atlanta — say with one police officer on patrol eight hours a day, city residents are left virtually unprotected for 16 hours per day.

Nelson City Councilman Duane Cronic said relying on sheriffs from Cherokee and Pickens counties could mean a longer wait time in an emergency.

The proposed ordinance is similar to a law that passed in Kennesaw in 1982. Some residents support the proposal while others say it's a demonstration of big government overstepping its boundaries.

City leaders could make a decision on the ordinance at their next council meeting on April 1.