Last night in the Georgia town of Nelson, the city council voted 5-0 on a law requiring the head of every household to own a gun and ammo to “provide for the emergency management of the city” and “provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants,” NBC News reports.
“Some people have security systems, some people don’t, but they put those signs up,” Councilman Duane Cronic said. “I really felt like this ordinance was a security sign for our city.” AP reports that although Cronic knows the law won’t be enforced, he believes it will make the town safer.
Other town leaders said they wanted to make a point about gun rights, as the new ordinance is also meant to pre-empt any future attempt by the federal government to confiscate guns, according to the council’s agenda.
The town has a population of 1,300 people, and the new law includes exemptions for felons and the mentally ill. It also allows anyone to opt out of the gun ownership requirement that takes effect in 10 days.