Georgia town pushing legislation to mandate gun ownership

DN-ST-93-01524The city of Nelson, Ga., is working towards arming its entire town.

Amidst an an onslaught of gun control legislation being pushed across the country, this city is doing just the opposite.

Instead of trying to take away people’s guns, the Nelson City Council wants to require citizens to own guns. Proponents of the ordinance are arguing that having only one police officer patrolling isn’t enough and making gun ownership mandatory would help everyone in the community stay safe.

Because the lone police officer is only on duty for eight hours daily, Nelson is left relatively unprotected for the rest of the day.

“When he’s not here we rely on county sheriffs — however it takes a while for them to get here,” Nelson City Councilman Duane Cronic told Channel 2 Action News. The town also straddles two counties, making for even longer response times.

So, Cronic decided to introduce this ordinance, and it could be passed as soon as April 1.

“It’s a deterrent ordinance,” Cronic told Channel 2. “It tells the potential intruder, ‘You better think twice.’”

Cronic says that “every head of household will own and maintain a firearm,” but with some exceptions including if the person has mental health issues or has a criminal background.

Nelson, Ga., may have just become the National Rifle Association’s new favorite town.



  1. Jackie says:

    If it’s true that mental health issues precludes gun possession in Nelson, Ga., poor Councilman Cronic is outa luck in his own town.

  2. Eric says:

    excellent decision on the towns’ part, especially to include the mental health status and criminal background are to be taken into account.