Valdosta Daily Times

March 6, 2013

Ga. city looks to make gun ownership mandatory

The Associated Press

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.


Information from: WSB-TV,


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