Ga. city looks to make gun ownership mandatory

Published On: Mar 06 2013 10:40:51 AM EST
NELSON, Ga. -

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 told WSB-TV 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.