Small Georgia town planning to approve a measure mandating gun ownership
Nikhil Kumar is The Independent's New York correspondent. He was formerly assistant editor on the foreign desk and has also done a variety of jobs on the city desk, where he wrote about markets, commodities and other business and economics topics.
Friday 08 March 2013
Less than three months on from the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the fervent calls for gun control that followed, a small Georgia town is on the cusp of approving a measure mandating gun ownership for every household.
If the local law is passed, Nelson, a community of 1,300 people north of Atlanta, would become the second Georgian town to require residents to posses firearms. .
As a first step, Nelson’s city council recently gave its nod to a proposal called the “Family Protection Act.”
The measure will come up for final review in April. Though council members have said it won’t be enforced but is instead meant to send a message to Washington as the White House moves to restrict gun ownership, it would technically require every household “to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition.”
The proposal runs contrary to the President’s calls in the wake of the deaths at Sandy Hook in December, when Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children and six staff members.
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