In the north Georgia city of Nelson, that may be the case if a proposed ordinance, requiring every “head of household to own and maintain a firearm,” is passed. The city councilman, Duane Cronic, argued that relying on sheriffs isn’t sufficient.
“It’s a deterrent ordinance,” he said. “It tells the potential intruder you better think twice.”
The proposal is similar to a 1982 law passed in Kennesaw. Supporters of the ordinance cited the city’s location, straddling two counties, arguing that leads to slower response times from officials.
One police officer patrols Nelson, Georgia for eight hours during the day. That leaves 16 hours overnight when the city is basically unguarded.
“When he’s not here we rely on county sheriffs–however it takes a while for them to get here,” said Nelson City Councilman Duane Cronic.
By contrast, one Nelson resident, Lamar Kellett, took issue not with owning guns but with the government mandating it, deeming it “big government at its worst.”
The ordinance could become law on April 1, during the next city council meeting.
A report on the proposal, via WTOC, below:
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