A small Georgia town may soon require every household to own a firearm and ammunition, and would give citizens the right to protect themselves "without worrying about prosecution."
Hand guns are on display at the Sig Sauer booth at the National Shooting Sports Foundation's 35th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show January 16, 2013. (File/UPI/David Becker)
City council members in Nelson, Georgia, unanimously approved the proposal at a meeting this week, CNN reported. Citizens of the small town north of Atlanta, which has a population of 1,300, will be able to review the proposal between now and April when the council votes again.
"Basically this is a deterrent ordinance," Councilman Duane Cronic said at the meeting. "It's no more than putting a sign in your front yard saying that 'ADT protects this home.' Now the person that may be there [checking] your home out to cause harm to you or your family to break into your house has to decide, 'When I break that door down, what's on the other side of that door?'"
The law would give every family the right to protect themselves and their property "without worrying about prosecution," Cronic told the meeting.
The proposal reads, "In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore."
People with physical or mental disabilities are exempt from the law, as are "paupers," felons, and those who oppose gun ownership based on religious belief.
"I think y'all are showing the people that you're in full support of the Constitution," said Nelson Police Chief Heath Mitchell. "And as far as the Second Amendment goes, that you stand behind it, you stand behind people's rights."