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Georgia town to consider requiring residents to own guns

ATLANTA -- Residents of a small Georgia town may soon be asked to keep guns in their homes, a proposal that comes as federal lawmakers argue for new limits on firearm ownership.

A city leader in Nelson, 50 miles north of Atlanta, said on Wednesday he proposed an ordinance calling on every head of household to have a gun as a way to keep crime down.

Nelson, home to 1,300 people, employs one police officer, who is only on duty at night, city councilman Duane Cronic told Reuters. When the officer is off duty during the day, residents must call local sheriff's officials if they need assistance, which he said can result in longer response times.

Cronic said his proposal is similar to an ordinance enacted by the nearby town of Kennesaw in 1982. There would be no penalty for not having a weapon, but the law would send a message to would-be criminals, he said.

"It would be a like putting a big security sign in your front yard," he said.

Cronic's proposal is being considered amid heated debate at the federal and state levels over U.S. gun control laws in the wake of a December shooting rampage that left 26 people dead at a Connecticut elementary school.

The fatal attack has prompted some states to tighten gun laws, while other states are seeking to keep federal gun measures from being applied within their borders.

The Nelson city council will vote on the gun ownership ordinance on April 1, Cronic said.

Crime in Nelson mostly consists of petty theft, Cronic said, and he hopes the gun ordinance will keep it that way.

"This is just a way to keep our crime rate low," he said.

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kevin 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't need a government to tell me when I need to own or not own guns.

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John5214 1 year, 1 month ago

I agree, Kevin. The government can force me to pay taxes but lets leave it at that.

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Mack711 1 year, 1 month ago

If a criminal knew that every house had a person that was required to have a firearm he may think long and hard before he tries to enter a home. Kind of like that idea. Crime may drop in that town.

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skalawag 1 year, 1 month ago

Think about it for a moment Mack711.

For the most part it would be a burglar that would be breaking into your home and burglars by in large commit their crimes when no one is at home.

So unless you can train your home to use a firearm you have done nothing but provide a criminal with something else of value to sell and put another fire arm on the streets that would most likely not have been there.

The only thing I see being accomplished is that you lose on three fronts.

One you lose your property, which would include your gun.

Two you are now LESS safe because now there is another unaccounted for gun on the streets.

Three you have to by another gun to replace the one that was stolen.

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Mack711 1 year, 1 month ago

My neighbors are also armed according to this new law. We keep a close eye on each others property around here. Same in Nelson.That is the whole point of this exersise, neighbor watchig out for neighbors.

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skalawag 1 year, 1 month ago

If a criminal knew you were home he probably wouldn't break in. Gun or no gun.

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kevin 1 year, 1 month ago

Keep the Feds out of our State Rights' business. I hope Georgians aren't that stupid as to wait to own a gun until the politicians have to force you to own one. Every homeowner should have at least one "type" of gun. The more the merrier! Just learn how to use one correctly and never point one at someone unless you are ready to pull the trigger.

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skalawag 1 year, 1 month ago

What is wrong with mandatory background checks for guns?

People go through background checks to get a job, to open a checking accounts or to get a credit card. You have to go through a background check to get utilities turned on. So what's the big deal about going through a background check before you can purchase a product that when used as prescribed will cause death or serious injury.

I'm sure we all know at least one person that we feel should not to be able to own a gun.

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Mack711 1 year, 1 month ago

Tell this to a criminal,they do not care about laws only what they can steal from you. All who have concealed weapons permits have had background checks. If you purchase a wepon you must have a background check. Criminals steal weapons or buy them from others who are thieves and do not care about you or the law. you can buy about thing you want if you know where to go.

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